AFK - The Webseries Kickstarter

AFK is a webseries following the adventures of six gamers trapped inside their characters' bodies in the world of an online RPG and features Auckland Actors' Mia Pistorius as character 'Q'.

AFK: Series One would be a 10 part series, with episodes ranging in length between 7-10 minutes. It is obviously an ambitious webseries, but at the trailer shows, the creators have the experience and resources to pull it off. The dream cast and crew who have already put in a great deal of work at no cost are all totally committed to this project and its success.

You can watch the trailer below.

For more information on the project and to donate to the Kickstarter Campaign visit their page.


Commedia dell’Arte & Comic Acting

Corinna Di Niro, Australia's leading expert in Commedia and Comic Acting. Corinna will be delivering a two-day PD for drama teachers, theatre practitioners, acting coaches in Auckland on 14 - 15 June.

Corinna has trained with world master Antonio Fava and has taught and performed Commedia in France, Italy, South America and Australia and has presented her PhD research into Commedia dell'Arte practice for a Contemporary Australia at a number of conferences locally, nationally and internationally.

Corinna's PD's aims to develop confidence in teaching physicality, improvisation and scenario development. Places are strictly limited. Early bird tickets cost $290 and close 31 May.

For more information about Corinna and here work visit

For more information and to book tickets to Commedia dell'Arte & Comic Acting visit the website.

Screen industry revenue fell in 2013 after drop-off in movie making

Taken from NBR, by Suze Matherell.

The New Zealand screen industry's revenue dropped 4 percent in 2013, from a record high in 2012, as decline in production of feature films more than offset gains from local television and movie theatres.

Total revenue for the sector was $3.15 billion in 2013, down from $3.29 billion a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. The screen industry includes feature films, production, television broadcasting, distribution and movie screenings.

The production and post-production sector contracted 12 percent to $1.46 billion in 2013, while broadcasting, which makes up 44 percent of the industry's total revenue, was $1.38 billion, up from $1.31 billion the previous year. Declines in production sales were largely attributable to a 17 percent drop in gross revenue for feature films.

Overall funding flowing through to the sector declined 7.7 percent to $585 million, as a nominal 1 percent gain in New Zealand government funding was overshadowed by a 17 percent decline in overseas investment received for production.

Read the full article here.

Lippy Pictures releases Field Punishment No.1 trailer

screening in New Zealand in 2014

The First World War gave rise to New Zealand's first "conscientious objectors", men who stood out against jingoism of the day and declared their opposition to a war fought thousands of miles away and for which New Zealand were conscripted, many against their will.

This is the story of the fourteen of those men who were arrested and shipped off to war, where on the battlefields and military prisons of Britain and France they were stigmatised and tortured in an attempt to break their spirit. New Zealand's most famous conscientious objector Archibald Baxter, father of James K. Baxter, was one of these men.

We follow the conchies' journey from their initial proud stance when first arrested, through their time spent in prisons, punishment camps, an asylum for the insane and at the Front Line in France, until the end of the war heralds their return to New Zealand. But not all fourteen returned home.

starring Fraser Brown, Byron Coll, Colin Moy and Richard Chapman, and featuring Auckland Actors' Damien Avery, Paul Barrett, Daniel Cleary, Paul Glover, Andrew Munro
direction by Peter Burger

to watch the trailer click through to Vimeo on the below link

Field Punishment No.1 Trailer 1080p from Donna Malane on Vimeo.


Silo Theatre’s Shane Bosher bids a grand farewell to Auckland

Taken from Metro, by Simon Wilson.

Before Shane Bosher steps down as artistic director of Silo Theatre in April, he is mounting the biggest and riskiest show he could find. It could be a triumph. It could also destroy the theatre company he has led for the past 13 years.

Mia Blake, aka the angel, stands on a bench in the rehearsal studio, her shoulders curled gracefully forward, elbows out and wrists soft, fingers turned. As if she has wings. She wears a black singlet and a sloppy pair of black drawstring gym pants, and has her hair tied back. "Pull yourself up by your ribcage," says director Shane Bosher. She stands taller, her shoulders flattening out.

Gareth Reeves, in shorts and a T-shirt, playing a man dying of Aids, sprawls on a low bed before her.

They're in the early days of rehearsing one of the biggest scenes in the play, and Blake decides it's a good time to produce her biggest, hammiest Old Testament incantatory voice. "Submit! Submit to the will of heaven!"

There's a beat. Bosher says, "Okay." Everyone knows it's wrong.

Read the full article here.

Nancy Brunning - Adam NZ Play Award runner up

Taken from Playmarket.

Acclaimed actor and director Nancy Brunning was named as Co-Runner Up for her first play Hikoi, a moving and powerful play about a Maori family facing radical change in the 70s and 80s. Hikoi also won the award for Best Play by a Maori Writer, and will have its world premiere season at Circa Theatre, Wellington 28 June - 12 July this year.

The Adam NZ Play Award, now in its seventh year, is the only one of its kind for new writing. Playmarket’s only entrance requirements are that the playwright be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and that the play has not had a professional production. The freedom to submit plays of any length, style or cast size and without the burden of considering a play’s affordability or a theatre’s demands has inspired some outstanding work.

The award is generously funded by the Adam Foundation. Playmarket is also very grateful for the support of Circa Theatre, and our major funders: ASB Community Trust and Creative New Zealand.

Read the full article here.

The Adventures of Suzy Boon

The Adventures of Suzy Boon is a new 6 part web series written by Thomas Sainsbury and Louis Mendiola, and created by Roberto Nascimento.

The show follows the (mis)adventures of our hero, Suzy, who is trying to find where she belongs in this world - and by world she means New Zealand. She is at the last week of her trial period at the Immigration Service of New Zealand and stakes are high - there's a lot to prove if she wants to stay on the job. Thing is, Suzy has a lot on her mind right now. Love, happiness, her own identity; you know, the works.

The series features actor Kura Forrester as the titular Suzy Boon, along with Yvette Parsons, Charles Chan, Liesha Ward-Knox, Genevieve Cohen, Scott Cotter, Andrew Munro, Mick Innes and Thomas Sainsbury.

You can watch the complete series online at The Adventures of Suzy Boon website.

Banshee bags largest audience for a Cinemax original series

The second-season finale of Cinemax drama Banshee drew 733,000 viewers for its initial telecast Friday — making it the most-watched original series to date on the premium cable network, which has been trying to increase its output of first run programming.
The previous high for the network was 591,000 viewers for an episode of Banshee in early February, according to Nielsen.

Including the 11 p.m. replay, Banshee was watched by 968,000 viewers for the network, also a network high.

The second season of Banshee has an average gross audience (linear viewing as well as HBO On Demand/HBO GO) of 2.7 million viewers.

Banshee has been renewed for a third season.

Chelsie Preston Crayford: Act Natural

Taken from NZ Herald, by Greg Dixon.

It is the last day of summer, and Chelsie Preston Crayford is sitting in her gloriously sunny backyard, furrowing her brow. The award-winning actress, a small but growing star of television, film and stage, is considering what she was once told at acting school in Wellington.

"I remember when I finished Toi Whakaari somebody said to me 'you'd better get really good at pouring coffee'. I used to get so angry about those comments. People really close to me would say 'what are you going to do now?' I would say 'well, I'm going to act' and they'd say 'well, good luck, not many people do that'. Well f*** you..."

It is fair to say the 26-year-old Preston Crayford - the Preston comes from her mother Gaylene, the film director, the Crayford from her father Jonathan, the musician - has spent the years since graduation making good on that last sentiment.

Since she finished Toi Whakaari in 2008 she's been on stage in around a dozen theatre productions, she has been cast in more than half a dozen television series and tele-features - mostly in Australia - and has starred in a feature film, Home By Christmas, which screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Read the full article here.

NZ On Air fund Nothing Trivial finale

Taken from NZ On Air.

Fans of Nothing Trivial will finally get some answers - NZ On Air has agreed to fund a two-hour tele-feature to wrap up the series, after series three ended unexpectedly on a cliff-hanger.

NZ On Air will provide $1.6million for the tele-feature which will trace the lives of the popular characters over a year. Produced by South Pacific Pictures, it is expected to screen on TV One later this year.

"The storylines, acting and production values on Nothing Trivial were terrific. We have supported this tele-feature because there was still a loyal fan base of 265,000 throughout the third series, and we think they deserve the catharsis of a conclusion," said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

Viewers had been left hanging about whether central character Catherine was dead or alive.

"We think it's important to encourage top quality local drama projects. A conclusion may also make the possibility of overseas sales of the series more viable," said Ms Wrightson.

A second dramatic tele-feature funded in this round will re-tell one of this country's more bizzare crime cases. The 'truth-is-stranger-than-fiction' story Operation Venus and Mars dramatises the true story of Palmerston North cop Brent Garner, who faked a satanic attack on himself as part of an elaborate insurance scam. He was found out thanks to great detective work by a mate.

"We think viewers can't help but be riveted by such an incredible story. We look forward to seeing how Screentime translates it to the screen," said Ms Wrightson.
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