NZFC Professionl Development Awards

Writer/director Guy Pigden was awarded a Professional Development Award of $4,777 to attend the screening of, and participate in a Q & A for, I Survived a Zombie Holocaust at the L.A. Screamfest Film Festival in October.

Actor Cameron Rhodes was awarded a Professional Development Award of $1,900 to attend the Equity 75 Summit of Creativity and Diversity 2014 in Sydney in October. This two-day conference includes workshops, panel debates, and roundtable discussions.


Like a Virgin

On one roof, under the endless sky.

The comings and goings of moments gained and moments lost.

Like A Virgin uncovers the conversations, secrets, and revelations of people’s first experiences.

Because those are the ones we never forget.

Directed by Hanelle Harris. Created and performed by Courtney Abbot, Amanda Tito, Caleb Wright and Taofia Pelesasa

Showing at The Basement 4-8 November

Tickets from iTicket

Oz drama to be based in Kiwi town

Taken from NZ Herald, by Russell Baillie.

It seems the reverse brain drain has made it to television production - a major Australian television network has commissioned a primetime family drama set in smalltown New Zealand.

Seven Network yestserday announced among its 2015 season 800 Words which stars NZ-bred actor Erik Thomson as the father of two teenagers who moves his family from Sydney across the Tasman to a picturesque Kiwi town after the death of his wife. Thomson's character writes a newspaper column - hence the shoe title - for a living.

It's partly created by James Griffin, a regular contributor of 800 words in his regular column for the Weekend Herald's canvas magazine.

Despite the apparent scenic qualities of the fictional town in the show, the hamlet will be named "Weld".

South Pacific Pictures will be making the eight episode series of hour-long shows after the Australian network wanted a new vehicle for Thomson, who had played the father in hit Aussie series Packed to the Rafters for six seasons.

Read the full article here.

Channel Seven’s new shows for 2015

Taken from Sydney Morning Herald, by Michael Lallo.

A drama based on serial killer Ivan Milat, a Gallipoli documentary series, a fourth spin-off of the "Rules" reality franchise, and two separate star vehicles for Packed to the Rafters leads Rebecca Gibney and Erik Thomson are among the new programs Channel Seven hopes will help it retain its ratings dominance next year.

But a question mark hangs over Bringing Sexy Back, The Amazing Race and The Big Adventure, which have not been confirmed to return in 2015.

Network CEO Tim Worner boldly proclaimed Seven would remain Australia's No. 1 station until 2020 - at least - at a lavish unveiling of next year's programs.

Full list of new shows here.

Freestyle & Dominion Pictures pick up Mr. Pip

Taken from BWW.

Freestyle Releasing, Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) and Dominion Pictures announced today that they have acquired theatrical and all DVD / VOD rights to MR. PIP, a film from Andrew Adamson (CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, SHREK) based on the best-selling novel by Lloyd Jones. The drama brings "House MD" superstar Hugh Laurie to the big screen, alongside up-and-coming sensation Xzannjah Matsi. Executive produced by Tim Coddington, James Dean, Daniel Revers and Timothy White, the film will debut in limited theaters and on all digital platforms on November 7, 2014.

The winner of New Zealand Film & TV Awards for Best Actor (Laurie) and Best Actress (Xzannjah), the film also features Kerry Fox, Eka Darville, Florence Korokoro, Healesville Joel and Tapiwa Soropa. It was produced by Adamson, Robin Scholes, Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech.

Read the full article here.

Show Me Shorts finalists announced

Taken from

New Zealand's only Academy Awards-accredited film festival, Show Me Shorts, has announced the finalists for its awards. The nominees for the coveted Best Film Award are: Matthew Saville and Julia Parnell for Dive; Abigail Greenwood and Kate Prior for Eleven; and Greg Wood, Levi Slavin and Declan Cahill for Helmut Makes a Quilt.

Saville's dark identity-crisis fantasy Dive, and the girls' coming-of-age film Eleven directed by Abigail Greenwood, are each finalists for four award categories. Helmut Makes a Quilt and Killing Phillip, both films made by Exit Films collaborators, have five nominations between them.

Hamish Bennett has been acknowledged as a finalist for DEGNZ Best Director for his crowd-pleasing country tale Ross & Beth, alongside Matthew Saville for Dive and Abigail Greenwood for Eleven.

Young actress Astrid Lewis has been highlighted for her performance in Eleven, alongside well-known local actors Cameron Rhodes (Killing Phillip) and Jackie van Beek (Uphill).

Read the full article here.

Smells like holy spirit

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christian.

People find Jesus in many places; Oliver Driver found him via an audition tape and a carefully worded letter sent from Melbourne by New Zealand actors Kristian Lavercombe.

Lavercombe, who for the past two years has been touring the world playing Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, wrote that he would soon take a break from the musical and would welcome any opportunity, no matter how small, to be involved with Auckland Theatre Company's end of year musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.

Driver took one look - and a listen - to the audition tape and knew he had found Jesus. Lavercombe admits he might have been a tad disingenuous by opting to sing, from the list of choices provided for the audition, 'Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)', regarded as one of the more difficult songs in a show full of challenging musical numbers.

"I thought if they hear my sing this, at least they know I can really sing."

Read the full article here.

Jesus Christ Superstar

by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber
30 October - 23 November

The greatest story ever told. The most famous rock opera of all time. With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar is loosely based on the Gospel's account of the last week in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, beginning with his arrival into Jerusalem and ending with the Crucifixion. Here, the myth is stripped from the man to reveal an all-too-human soul, troubled and doubting, the fickle nature of those closest to him, the whims of those who judge him, the heartache of a woman who loves him and the motives of the man who ultimately betrays him.

First staged on Broadway in 1971, Jesus Christ Superstar is an immortal of musical theatre. Audiences around the globe have thrilled to its unforgettable soundtrack with songs such as "Everything's Alright", "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and the iconic signature tune. With a contemporary, urban, twenty-first-century re-staging, Auckland Theatre Company's Jesus Christ Superstar promises an up close and personal experience like no other and an inspirational finale to the year. Transcendent!

featuring Kristian Lavercombe, Julia Deans, Laughton Kora, Jeremy Redmore, Madeleine Sami, Andrew Grainger, Richard Green, Shane Bosher, Kyle Chuen, Colleen Davis and Gareth Williams
direction by Oliver Driver
movement direction by Lara Fishel-Chisholm

for more information and to book tickets visit the Auckland Theatre Company website

Kiwi actress Gwendoline Taylor named the face of Silent Assembly

Taken from Silent Assembly.

Kiwi actress Gwendoline Taylor has been named the face of Silent Assembly's 2015 Spring / Summer Collection - Ether.

The effortlessly stylish 26-year-old is best known for her role as Sibyl on the hit US television show, Spartacus.

Read the full article here.

Brett Stewart wins at Festival des Antipodes

Taken from Screen NZ.

The St Tropez-hosted event closed out Sunday evening local time, handling out its gongs. Aaron Wilson's Singapore-set Canopy won the festival's Grand Prix while Everything We Loved took one of the acting gongs.

Canopy premiered in Toronto last year and has played in and out of competition at a number of major Asian festivals including Busan, Shanghai and Taipei. The film has also played a half dozen other international film festivals, although the win in southern France is its first on the festival circuit.

Ma Currie's Everything We Loved, the only NZ title in the Festival des Antipodes competition line-up, took the Best Actor gong for Brett Stewart.

Read the full article here.
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