Behind the scenes of ‘Everything We Loved’

Taken from NZ Herald.

Go behind the scenes of new New Zealand feature Everything We Loved, written and directed by Max Currie.

In this video, meet lead actor Brett Stewart.

Watch it here.

Albert Black

by Peter Larson
29 July - 2 August

Based on real events and set amongst a wasteland of warring delinquents, teenage sex, blaring jukeboxes and all-night dives in the grimy heart of 1950's Auckland, Albert Black chronicles the fiery emergence of New Zealand's teenage subculture.

Featuring NZ's infamous teenage love crimes - prepare yourself for music, mayhem and murder!

featuring Jackson Bliss-McCauley, Alistair Browning, Seamus Ford, Sophia Johnson, Abigail Laurent, Rachel Nicholls, Claudia Nixon, Preston O'Brien, Ruby Payne, Ashlee Rayes, Vanderal Talagi, Lane Twigden, Dan Veint, Devon Webb and Courtney Yanez
direction by Jarrod Martin

for more information and to book tickets visit the Basement website

Check out the Boosted campaign to donate.

The Good Soul of Szechuan

by Bertolt Brecht
24 July - 17 August

Shen Te is a "tart with a heart", compassionate and generous, even towards people who exploit her virtues. Three Gods on a fact-finding mission reward the only good person they can find, the prostitute Shen Te, with the means to start a little business. But that's when her troubles begin as everyone takes advantage of her good nature. To survive she creates a male alter ego, the ruthless and exploitative Shui Ta. However, Shen Te struggles to keep her world together switching between these two identities. Can her good soul endure the pressures of hardship when self-interest, deceit, corruption and opportunism are more readily rewarded?

German-born playwright Bertolt Brecht is one of the twentieth century's most respected and influential theatrical forces. As the father of modern "epic theatre", his work includes such classics as The Life Galileo, Mother Courage and her Children and The Caucasian Chalk. With compatriot Kurt Weill, he wrote The Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny and, perhaps most famously, The Threepenny Opera. In The Good Soul of Szechaun, Brecht has created a dark and dazzling parable, timely as ever, which explores the place of love and goodness in a dauntingly complex world. It's hard to be good when you're broke; harder still if you are living in a broken world.

Packed with glorious characters, great music and song, The Soul of Szechuan promises to be a theatrical highlight of 2014. Unmissable!

featuring Robyn Malcolm, Cameron Rhodes, Goretti Chadwick, Andrew Grainger, Yuri Kinugawa
direction by Colin McColl

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

Toi Whakaari Auckland visit

Taken from Toi Whakaari newsletter.

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
is heading up to the 'big smoke' this August! We'll be getting in touch with individual schools very shortly, if you'd like us to visit your school feel free to get in touch with us as well (just reply to this email). We're interested in talking to folk about the training options available at our kura, particularly our Entertainment Technology, Design for Stage & Screen, Performing Arts Management and Costume Construction courses.

As well as visiting individual schools we'll also be hosting more general information evenings in different areas each night from 6.30 - 7.30pm, with staff, graduates and current students on hand to talk to anyone interested in the school. Here's where we'll be:

Monday 4th:         The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna (NORTH)
Tuesday 5th:        Metro Theatre, Mangere (SOUTH)
Wednesday 6th:   PIPA (Pacific Institute of Perf. Arts), Avondale (WEST)
Thursday 7th:       The Vault - Q Theatre, Central Auckland (CENTRAL)
Friday 8th:            Uxbridge Arts (Te Whare Ora), Howick (EAST)

We look forward to seeing you very soon!
Ngā mihi mahana, Craig & Louise.

NZIFF Writers’ Room - Housebound

Taken from Script to Screen.

"Housebound manages to balance consistent, fantastic comedy with a properly eerie mystery and what should be a star-making turn from lead Morgana O'Reilly" - Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria.

With so many elements to juggle to get a film to shine, it's a feat when a low-budget first feature gels. Escalator funded horror-comedy Housebound has been hailed as a remarkable accomplishment by US reviewers after its SXSW festival debut earlier this year, where it was praised for freshness of voice, strong performances, carefully handled script, and the perfect dose of NZ's dry humour.

Join us for a special NZ International Film Festival Writers' Room with Housebound writer, director and editor Gerard Johnstone (The Jaquie Brown Diaries) and producer Luke Sharpe (The Jaquie Brown Diaries) as they talk to filmmaker Jackie Van Beek (Go the Dogs) about the challenges of writing and making this stellar debut feature.

Tues 29 August
The Wintergarden (Civic Theatre)
7pm drinks, 7.30pm - 8.30pm discussion

screens at the Civic in Auckland at the New Zealand International Film Festival on Sat 26th July at 9pm. We strongly suggest you see the film as there will be spoilers in the discussion.

Sister Anzac

by Geoff Allen

In 1915 from Kaitaia to Bluff community groups made crafts, organised cake stalls, and donated goods to help rebuild and supply New Zealand's first hospital ship The Maheno. 13 nurses were handpicked from the best around the country. They were unwanted by the male officers, and their honorary office rank ignored - but they stood, on the deck, within sight and bullet range of the killing hills of Anzac Cove. More importantly, the Kiwi soldiers fighting and dying above, could see their "angels from home" waiting to save them. 

featuring Donogh Rees, Gina Timberlake, Alex Ellis, Anthea Hill, David Capstick and Jordan Blaikie
direction by Amanda Rees

for more information and to book tickets visit the Navy Museum or Maritime Museum websites

Live script reading of ‘Braindead’

presented by Flicks & NZIFF
22 July

Flicks and the NZ International Film Festival are chuffed to announce a unique event, a live script read of Kiwi splatter classic Braindead, written by Stephen Sinclair, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson.

No rehearsals. No safety net. No second chances. No entry fee. Just the Braindead script and a live audience at The Wintergarden in Auckland on July 22nd at 7pm - which is free to attend.

"Not only am I bloody delighted about the script we've got to work from and that Braindead's writers have allowed us to stage this live read," says Flicks Editor Steve Newall, "I'm also excited about the talented cast that we've put together".

Hosted by Dominic Corry, the Flicks Live Script Read will give the audience a unique opportunity to see how actors bring characters to life, with a cast of familiar faces reading through the script together for the very first time.

Replicating a feature film table read, where the written word first comes to life thanks to the film's cast, the Flicks Live Script Read will see a fresh cast step into the familiar Braindead roles: TIm Batt (2014 Billy T Award nominee), David Farrier (Short Poppies), Rose Matafeo (Jono and Ben at 10), Josh Thomson (7 Days), and Kiwi acting icon Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

"I couldn't be more excited to be part of this super awesome event," says host Dominic Corry. "Braindead is one of my favourite movies, and I can't wait to see what form it will take on the night."

I Survived a Zombie Holocaust to premiere at Fright Fest 2014

Escalator funded film I Survived a Zombie Holocaust has been selected to have its premiere at UK movie festival Fright Fest.

From the land of early Peter Jackson comes another Braindead movie in bad taste. It's the third day of shooting the low budget horror 'Tonight They Come' on location in the wilds of New Zealand. Director SMP is already beside himself having to work with a self-obsessed leading man and a bimbo actress when into his line of fire comes a new runner, wannabe screenwriter Wesley Pennington. Clearly an accident-prone nerd, Wesley nevertheless tries his best to fit in with the crazed cast and demented crew while falling head over heels for Susan, the set caterer.

But something nasty has entered the local water supply and suddenly the zombie extras start acting like genuine members of the living dead, gore stunts look even more authentic and actual severed limbs fly. Reel life turns real as Wesley attempts to save the day while ensuring his latest script will get made.

I Survived a Zombie Holocaust features Auckland Actors' Mike Edward and Andrew Laing, and is directed by Guy Pigden.


Everything We Loved to premiere in NZ

Simultaneous red-carpet premiere of bold new Kiwi film - 8:15pm 28 July, Auckland and Wellington Film Festival cinemas.

Hot off the back of sell-out festival screenings and critical acclaim, Max Currie's bold NZ debut Everything We Loved is hitting our shores on July 28 with a simultaneous premiere in Wellington and Auckland cinemas.  The film stars Auckland Actors' Brett Stewart.

Brett plays Charlie Shepherd, the blue-eyed magician behind the film's beautiful but devastating illusion. This was a complex roll that required Brett to be a gentle, loving father -  and willing perpetrator of a crime most parents would find unthinkable.  He is joined by Sia Trokenheim (TV2's Step Dave) and five-year-old-newcomer Ben Clarkson.

The Hollywood Reporter heaped praise on all three actors, saying "... it is the actors that do almost all of the heavy lifting here, conjuring up a world of pain that allows them to do things no sane person would ever think of doing."

For ticket sales go to the Everything We Loved website.

Everything We Loved - Trailer from 4K Film on Vimeo.


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