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Directing Masterclass with Debra Granik at NZIFF 2018

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Director Debra Granik

Film director Debra Granik (Leave No Trace, Winter’s Bone) will lead a Directing Masterclass for filmmakers in Auckland as part of NZIFF 2018.

This is the first time NZIFF have been able to provide a Masterclass designed for industry practitioners, thanks to a new Artistic Development Partnership with Creative New Zealand. The Masterclass will be a half day course on Friday 27 July and will be run by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) on behalf of NZIFF.

Debra Granik, known for her social realism film style, will take filmmakers through an interactive discussion of her work with a focus on Leave No Trace and Winter’s Bone. She will also share examples from her filmmaking influences and past and current documentary work.

Masterclass attendees are encouraged to see Leave No Trace at NZIFF beforehand (Friday 27 July, 10.45am at the Civic).

Limited tickets for the Directing Masterclass will be on sale from Ticketmaster at 9.00am on Monday 23 July.

Directing Masterclass with Debra Granik, Friday 27 July 2.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland Central 1010

Ticket prices: $25 Full price / $15 Industry guild concession*

About Debra Granik

Debra Granik is the director and co-writer of Winter’s Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture. It featured John Hawkes and Jennifer Lawrence in her breakthrough role. Granik and co-writer Anne Rosellini were also Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her first film, Down to the Bone, starring Vera Farmiga, won Granik the Best Director Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In 2015 Granik completed Stray Dog, a feature documentary which aired on Independent Lens and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Leave No Trace is her fourth feature, and it premiered at Sundance 2018 and screened as part of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. It stars Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.

 


Granik will introduce her film and hold Q+As at The Civic in Auckland and the Embassy Theatre in Wellington. New Zealand actress and lead star of the film, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, is also confirmed to join Debra Granik at the Saturday (Auckland) and Sunday (Wellington) screenings.

Auckland screening featuring a Q+A with Debra Granik
Friday 27 July, 10.45am at the Civic Theatre

Auckland screening featuring a Q+A with Debra Granik and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie
Saturday 28 July, 6.45pm at the Civic Theatre

Wellington Screenings featuring a Q+A with Debra Granik and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie
Sunday 29 July, 6.00pm at Embassy Theatre (Sold out)
Monday 30 July, 12.45pm at Embassy Theatre

 


* Members will have received their NZIFF discount code through their guild.

NZIFF 2018: 12 Short Films from DEGNZ Members

Last Summer

Previously, we rounded up eight feature films from DEGNZ members in part 1 and part 2. This year, our members have also been generously featured in all four short film programmes at the New Zealand International Film Festival, ranging from the competitive New Zealand’s Best to the stylish and eclectic collection of Eight Uneasy Pieces.

Here is a handy list of all the shorts from our members to watch out for at the festival.

New Zealand’s Best

New Zealand’s Best is NZIFF’s only competitive category for short films. NZIFF programmers have reviewed 84 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 short films, from which director and cinematographer Leon Narbey has selected six finalists. The winner of the audience vote takes away the Audience Choice Award, consisting of 25 percent of the box office from the main-centre NZIFF screenings. 

Here are three short films from our members to root for in this year’s New Zealand’s Best competition.

MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES is co-directed by DEGNZ member Samson Rambo and edited by DEGNZ member Luke Haigh. Set within an Otara school where bullying is ritualised into normality, an unlikely friendship between a high school misfit with OCD and a popular classmate forms the basis of this uplifting tale of acceptance.

CHARMER, edited by DEGNZ member Paul Wedel, is a portrait of a dating couple’s first real encounter. NZIFF notes the film for the languor of its pace and the sensitivity of its performances as it touches on essential issues of sexuality, isolation, and age.

SAIL AWAY, edited by DEGNZ member Dione Chard, is a cabaret romp about a young man who leaves his job at Quality Control to become a deep-sea sailor. Inspired by the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, yet infused with a unique humour, this short film is about following your dreams into the unknown.

Read more about this programme >

My Friend Michael Jones

My Friend Michael Jones

 

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts

A curated collection of the year’s best Maori and Pasifika short films.

In the heartfelt documentary NATIVE IN NUHAKA, award-winning director and DEGNZ member Hiona Henare explores the close-knit community behind the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, the first New Zealand festival to be run by a Maori whanau. Craig Fasi writes, “Beautiful and undeniably real, Native in Nuhaka encourages more natives to use film as their statement of choice.”

THE MESSIAH, edited by DEGNZ members Cushla Dillon and Fauze Hassen, is an urban coming of age story about a young Polynesian boy’s encounter and experience with a self-proclaimed 14-year-old Messiah. A modern aesop infused with a unique cultural perspective, Leo Koziol calls this film ‘a sublime, dreamy, and surreal Polynesian parable.’

Read more about this programme >

Native in Nukaha

Native in Nukaha

 

Foreign Correspondents

International stories with a Kiwi eye.

Inspired by her own time staying in Japan with her grandmother, DEGNZ member Asuka Sylvie directs LAST SUMMER, an atmospheric drama about a young boy’s summer with his grandmother who is beginning to show signs of dementia. It featured in the Short Film Programme at Toronto International Film Festival. 

THE HORNS OF KOLKATA is a documentary by DEGNZ member Andrew Scott that explores the essentiality of honking and horns on the streets of Kolkata, India.

DEGNZ member Shailesh Prajapati co-produces SHIT ONE CARRIES, set in India, about the awkward intimacies between a father and son as old age approaches and caregiver roles are reversed by necessity.

Read more about this programme >

Last Summer

Last Summer

 

Eight Uneasy Pieces 

‘The Cinema of Unease’ explores the nooks and crannies of New Zealand.

In BATS, DEGNZ member Michelle Savill directs a stylish ensemble portrait of hard-partying twenty-something Wellingtonians as they crash their way through a neon night of sex, freedom, and friendship.

THE BROTHER, edited by DEGNZ member Luke Haigh, is a tense tale of a prodigal son’s hunt for atonement, set against the rugged backdrop of the South Island.

DEGNZ member Lauren Porteous premieres an extended cut of her 48Hours Grand Final Winner UNDER THE BRIDGE, a drama about a runaway’s encounter with a homeless man that addresses one of the most pertinent issues in New Zealand today with cinematic flair.

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Bats

Bats

 

Shorts with Features

I WILL NOT WRITE UNLESS I AM SWADDLED IN FURS, directed by DEGNZ member Wade Shotter and based on the comedic short piece of the same name by John Babbott, is a portrait of a fussy writer’s battle with his own ego and procrastination. Catch this short as it screens before Juliet, Naked.

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled in Furs

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled in Furs

NZIFF 2018: More Features to Watch from DEGNZ Members

She Shears

The full Auckland programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival has been officially unveiled and we are very excited for what’s ahead. Wellington follows suit with a programme launch at 7pm tonight.

In part 1, we spotlighted four features from our members amongst the festival’s Early Announcements. Here, we roundup four more from our talented members to look forward to at NZIFF.

Auckland tickets are on sale from Friday 9am and Wellington from 5 July. For info on other centres around the nation, check out the NZIFF website.

She Shears – Director Jack Nicol

World Premiere

In DEGNZ member Jack Nicol’s documentary, five female sheep shearers take on the competition at the Golden Shears in a sport where men and women compete together. NZIFF writes, “Jack Nicol applies camera poetry to the agility, strength, skill and rhythmic grace of women wielding blades of steel.”

“What we wanted to do was show off the shearing world and the shearing community in a way it’s never been seen before.” — Jack Nicol, interview with The Country.

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She Shears

SHE SHEARS / Photo: Rebecca McMillan

 

Dog’s Best Friend – Director Eryn Wilson

NZ Premiere

After discovering online the work of Jacob Leezak, Sydney founder of the Canine Behaviour Expert Dog Psychology Centre, thanks to his mum, DEGNZ member Eryn Wilson saw the opportunity he had been looking for to direct his first feature-length documentary. Dog’s Best Friend is a tender film about the troubled dogs taken in at this centre and the couple who have made rehabilitating them their life’s work.

“Between them they’re so empathetic … you imagine a couple of humans that have experienced damage that they’re working through, and here are these damaged dogs. It’s no coincidence that they’ve taken on this kind of work.”
– Eryn Wilson, on The Project.

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Dog's Best Friend

DOG’S BEST FRIEND / Photo: Irma Calabrese

 

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen – Consulting Editor Annie Collins

World Premiere

Beginning in the late 70s, editor and DEGNZ board member Annie Collins collaborated with Merita Mita on four documentaries that included The Bridge (1982) and Patu! (1983). Annie contributes to a new documentary on Merata Mita’s life as consulting editor.

Merata Mita, pioneering Māori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film, is celebrated by her son Heperi Mita in this richly personal portrait.

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Merata

MERATA / Photo: Gil Hanly

 

Mega Time Squad – Editor Luke Haigh

NZ Premiere

DEGNZ member Luke Haigh (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) has three editing credits – one feature, two shorts – in this year’s NZIFF.

Playing in the Incredibly Strange section, Mega Time Squad (dir. Tim van Dammen) is a high-meets-low mash up of Kiwi humour, sci-fi and mad cap crime thriller about a small-town criminal who stumbles on a mystical artefact with time travelling powers.

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Mega Time Squad

MEGA TIME SQUAD / Blur and Sharpen, Candlelit Pictures

4 Member Films to Look Foward to at NZIFF

The Heart Dances

There’s something magical about experiencing a movie as part of a film festival that beats visits to your local multiplex. It’s one of the reasons why the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), now celebrating it’s 50th year in Auckland, induces many fond memories and is still an annual highlight on people’s calendars.

For me, it’s also my chance to “binge-watch” some of the best films curated from around the world. But what makes NZIFF particularly special is that it also brings together some of the best feature and short films made right here in Aotearoa.

We know how exciting and rewarding it is for local filmmakers to have their films chosen to premiere at NZIFF and be enjoyed by a New Zealand audience. Here, we celebrate four NZ feature films made by our members – directors and editors – that have already been announced in the festival’s Early Announcements.

The full NZIFF programme launches on June 25.

Angie – Director/Editor Costa Botes

World Premiere

Angie film still

ANGIE / Photo credit: Costa Botes, Lone Pine Films

The compelling new documentary by DEGNZ member Costa Botes (Candyman), who served on the board of DEGNZ between 2013 and 2016. Angie Meiklejohn, prominent and articulate Centrepoint survivor, is joined by her siblings in this lucid exploration of the legacy of sexual abuse, directed without a hint of sensationalism.

“Funny, smart, big hearted, unflinchingly honest, a steadfast friend – whatever her past hurts, Angie is an engaging and loveable human being.” – Costa Botes

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The Heart Dances – Director Rebecca Tansley

World Premiere 

The Heart Dances

RNZB dancers Abigail Boyle and Alexandre de Oliviera Ferreira rehearse in their roles as Ada and Baines in the RNZB studio. / Photo: Ken Downie

The Heart Dances promises to immerse audiences in a unique creative experience. The new documentary by DEGNZ member Rebecca Tansley (Crossing Rachmaninoff) tracks the collective and cross-cultural journey involved in creating The Piano: the ballet, inspired by Jane Campion’s 1993 film.

“Dance is an inherently ephemeral art form and most of us only ever observe it as a finished – and fleeting – performance.” – Rebecca Tansley

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Stray – Director Dustin Feneley, Editor Dione Chard

NZ Premiere

Stray film still

STRAY / Courtesy of Dustin Feneley

Two damaged strangers fall into a complex intimate relationship in DEGNZ member Dustin Feneley’s beautiful and rigorous debut feature film, shot in Otago against the breathtaking Southern Alps.

Stray will premiere at NZIFF after its successful world premiere at Moscow International Film Festival where it collected a best actor win for lead Kieran Charnock. The film also marks a great  achievement for DEGNZ member Dione Chard as editor of her first feature film.

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Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms – Director Shirley Horrocks

Auckland Premiere

Paul Callaghan in Antartica

Dancing with Atoms / Point of View Productions

In her latest work, DEGNZ member Shirley Horrocks (Tom Who? The Enigma of Tom Kreisler) discovers the world of atoms and molecules that so entranced Sir Paul Callaghan, one of New Zealand’s most exceptional scientists and public figures.

The Auckland premiere will be a special Cancer Society fundraiser screening. Ticket details will be available when the full NZIFF programme launches.

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