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Each year we are delighted to support writers and directors with their feature film scripts through Table Reads, a joint initiative brought to you by DEGANZ and the New Zealand Writers Guild. Following a successful virtual run in 2020, we held this year’s Table Reads online, allowing members and actors from across the country to participate from the comfort of their own homes.

We saw four exceptional virtual table reads held between May and November. We would like to give a special shout out to this year’s selection:

Persistence – writer/director Rebecca Tansley.
Actors: Kirsty Hamilton, Ella Hope-Higginson, Kirsty Bruce, Caleb Wells, Maté Lagae, and Chantal Claret.

Before the Darkness – writer/director Alex Galvin.
Actors: Tim Carlsen, Helen Murphy-Reid, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Frith Horan, and Mark Clare.

Escape – writer Daryl Belbin, director Anton Steel.
Actors: Grant Beban, Stephen Lyell, Tim Carlson, James Crompton, Jodie Hillock, and Stephen Papps.

Tamada – writer/director Tim Tsiklauri.
Actors: Hilary Norris, Hamish Boyle, Jamie Irvine, Maté Lagae, and Jo Clark.

Well done to everyone involved and all the best with your projects!

Developing a feature film? Why not enter the draw for the next Virtual Table Read. Provided you’re a member of DEGNZ and/or NZWG, submit your script by 3 September!

The winner/winning team will receive a free script-in-development table read with up to six actors to be held on 11 September over Zoom.

Why Should You Enter?

Here are some of the benefits of a table read:

  • Identify what works and what doesn’t in your script
  • Assess the rhythm of the dialogue and the voices of your characters
  • Gain a different perspective from listening to other people read and respond to your script
  • Receive feedback from the actors for your next draft

Past participant writer Nick Ward said, “For me one of the best things about our recent table read was talking to the actors about their characters specifically. When you write you’re juggling many balls so it’s brilliant to have someone drill down into their individual character and give you invaluable feedback.”

Enter the draw >

Call for Actors

Actors are invited to register for each script-in-development table read. Up to six actors will be selected, and will receive a nominal fee as appreciation for their participation.

Register to read >

NZWG and DEGNZ are once again offering Virtual Table Reads for 2021.

Following the success of the virtual Table Reads during 2020, the 2021 Table Reads will take place online and script submissions are being accepted from NZWG and DEGNZ members around the country. The T&Cs as per our usual Table Reads apply.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity – this is a great development tool to help take your script to the next level. If you have a script ready with a director attached (or you are also directing) then submit it now. There are four reads this year, so note these deadlines in your diary:

Table Read One: 8 May 2021
Submit scripts by 30 April

Table Read Two: 3 July 2021
Submit scripts by 25 June

Table Read Three: 11 September 2021
Submit scripts by 3 September

Table Read Four: 20 November 2021
Submit scripts by 12 November

Learn more > 

Actors who would like to take part in a Table Read from the comfort of their own homes can apply here.

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.