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Cornerstone has launched world sales at the 2021 European Film Market (EFM) for marriage-in-crisis comedy Nude Tuesday, directed by DEGNZ member Armağan Ballantyne and written by and starring Guild member Jackie van Beek.

Performed entirely in gibberish, the NZ-Australian co-production will be available with two deliverable sets of subtitles, written by prominent local comedians. However, distributors are also encouraged to engage local comedians to create their own subtitled version of the movie.

Nude Tuesday tells the story of a couple who, in an effort to rekindle the spark in their marriage, head to a couples’ retreat. Upon arrival, the path to their reconnection is met with hilarious farce, including Jermaine Clement’s sex guru, as they seek to find themselves and each other through their newfound sexual liberation.

Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder of Cornerstone expressed their enthusiasm for the film, “Jackie, Aramagan and the team are creating a wildly entertaining movie. It’s bold, inventive and achingly funny and we can’t wait to introduce Nude Tuesday to buyers for the first time.”

Berlin’s EFM was held virtually on 1-5 March 2021.

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Congratulations to director Anna Duckworth (DEGNZ) for being one of six screenwriters selected to participate in this years’ Show Me Shorts’ Screenwriting Lab. The mentoring scheme aims to assist writers in developing their ideas for short films. In the past, DEGNZ members have participated in the lab, developed their films and premiered the final cut at various film festivals, including, Mark PrebblesBaby?, which premiered at Show Me Shorts and Claire van Beek’s Daniel which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival. This is a great opportunity and we recommend you consider this for 2022.

 

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The 3rd round of the 2020 Table Reads opens today. Open to writer-director teams and solo writer/directors from around Aotearoa who are members of DEGNZ and the New Zealand Writers Guild. Enter the draw with your feature film script and you could win a free online table read with up to six professional actors to help you with your next rewrite!

We would also like to hear from New Zealand actors interested in taking part. For information on how to submit a script or register as an actor, head over here.

Table Reads Round 2 Call

Calling writer-director teams and solo writer/directors from around New Zealand!

Enter the draw with your feature film script and you could win a free online table read to help you with your next rewrite.

Guild Table Reads

Calling for actors and directors/writers with scripts for a Table Read on Saturday 30 November!

Round 4 opens on 21 October and closes 15 November, 3pm.

A core cast – max six actors – together with a writer+director team OR writer/director will collaborate on each script-in-development table read. The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.

Four Table Reads per year on Saturdays @NZWG HQ in Grey Lynn.

Table Reads LogoHow to Submit a Script

DEGNZ and NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component.

Submit a full-length draft feature film script for your name to go into the draw for a day-long table read (names remain for subsequent draws).

WRITER + DIRECTOR* (OR WRITER/DIRECTOR) – Submit script via email to GuildHQ@nzwg.org.nz.

Eligibility:

Please check these details before you enter.

*Both must be a member(s) of NZWG and DEGNZ:

  • A solo Writer/Director must be a member of both NZWG and DEGNZ.
  • In a Writer-Director team, the Writer must be a member of NZWG, AND the Director must be a member of DEGNZ.

When you enter, please include this information:

  • name of writer, and if they belong to NZWG
  • name of director, and if they belong to DEGNZ

Call for Actors for Table Read #4

We are looking for actors to work together with writers and directors on a script-in-development table read. Actors must be members of Equity New Zealand.

Actors, please register your interest below and the NZWG will contact you if you are cast. You will receive a gift card as a nominal appreciation for your participation.

Actor registration has been extended to Monday 18 November, 9am.

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2019 Table Reads

Table Read #1

Open: 21 January
Close: 15 February
Table Read: Sat 23 February

Table Read #2

Open: 15 April
Close: 10 May
Table Read: Sat 18 May

Table Read #3

Open: 8 July
Close: 2 August
Table Read: Sat 10 August

Table Read #4

Open: 21 October
Close: 15 November
Table Read: Sat 30 November (New date)

A joint initiative brought to you by NZWG, DEGNZ & EQUITY Foundation
With warm thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission