Dramatising History

May 10, 2011

Script to Screen presents a Writer’s Room at this year’s Auckland Writers and Readers Festival:

4.00-5.00pm Saturday May 14, Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre, free entry

How do filmmakers bring our country’s rich history to life for the screen, creating both compelling drama and truthful re-presentations of history?

Award-winning writer/producer Paula Boock (The Insider’s Guide to Happiness, Until Proven Innocent), and actor/writer/director Fiona Samuel (Piece of My Heart, Outrageous Fortune) have both looked to our past for their latest drama projects – Boock, the Tangiwai disaster (Tangiwai) and Samuel, Katherine Mansfield’s early life (Bliss).

Documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley (Untouchable Girls, Haunting Douglas) talks to them about the process of turning true stories into drama for the screen.

4.00-5.00pm Saturday May 14, Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre, free entry
Photo: Kate Elliot as Katherine Mansfield in Bliss – The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield, written and directed by Fiona Samuel and produced by Michele Fantl for MF Films.



March 28, 2018

Applications are now open for our brand new pilot programme EPISODIC LAB AOTEAROA, an initiative designed to develop distinctive NZ writing talent in television drama. Up to 8 writers and/or teams will be awarded a place in the immersive lab where they will workshop their concepts with experienced television writers from NZ, Australia and beyond.... Read more


Participants Announced for Aotearoa Short Film Lab

March 15, 2018

Script to Screen and Show Me Shorts Film Festival have announced the eight screenwriters who have been selected to participate in the 2018 Aotearoa Short Film Lab, a prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters. The Lab offers participants the opportunity to develop their short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors during a full-day immersive workshop.... Read more



March 8, 2018

Script to Screen is delighted to launch a brand new pilot programme to develop distinctive writing talent in television drama, EPISODIC LAB AOTEAROA. Selected writers and/or teams will workshop their concepts with television writer advisors from NZ and beyond, and will receive follow up mentoring and support including introductions to executives from production houses, television platforms and funders.... Read more