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DEGNZ member Rachale Davies’ new eight-part docuseries, The Collective, is now available to watch online on RNZ. Created and produced by Rachale, the series follows six young musicians as they embark on a powerful journey of self-discovery.

The eight episodes revolve around the young musicians taking part in a youth music programme designed to give them real-world skills and help them make positive life changes through the power of music.

Speaking to RNZ, Davies stated how amazing the experience was working with the crew to document the “stories of these six talented rangatahi and I think viewers will find their stories compelling”.

Up-and-comer Hunter Crouchley served as the DOP for The Collective, which is also available to watch on TVNZ’s Re: website.

Congrats to members Julie Zhu with Takeout Kids, Incubator alumna Michelle Ang and Ghazaleh Golbakhsh with Hair Now and Julia Parnell with The Hustle for their projects being selected for the March 2021 Pan Asian Projects Fund. For this fund, NZ On Air invested $1.7m into six documentary projects that speak to the diversity of experience of Pan-Asian people in Aotearoa.

Uhz & Hexwork Productions teamed up with The Spinoff and received up to $259,974 for a four part observational documentary series, Takeout Kids, that follows the joys and challenges of children growing up in the back of takeaway restaurants run by their immigrant parents.

A Grain of Rice Productions received up to $107,932 for short series, Hair Now, set to release via the Spinoff. In Hair Now, six women of different ages, ethnicities, languages, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds examine their complex relationship with their hair.

Notable Pictures received up to $368,633 plus a platform contribution from THREE of $96,000 for entrepreneurial based series The Hustle. The series focuses on the lives of Pan-Asian entrepreneurs and seeks to find out how they are pushing the boundaries of the world stage.

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