So, you’ve got a ‘Maori’ project, it’s been written, the main crew have been identified, you have a financial plan in place, it’s even close to greenlight, and the only thing missing is… Maoris.

Comments on this subject over the last decade range from “but Maori aren’t skilled enough?”, and “It’s really hard finding Maori crew”, to “The Maori worldview is so…abstract”; oh and we can’t forget this one… “do Maori women always wear black when they’re on a Marae?”. One of the all time favourites – “the tangi is the cliché of Maori storytelling, can’t they just be buried already!”. Yes, we’ve heard it all and everyone is still in one piece. Now though, it’s time for a proper discussion about this somewhat political issue.

We’re not going to mention names, nor are we going to trash specific projects, we’re going to take a good hard look at the way forward for New Zealand film and television projects and the place of Maori in this landscape. We’re discussing the art of consultation. Who are the people you call, where are they and what skills must they have?

Join Kath Akuhata-Brown (Script to Screen Board Member, Development Exec NZFC) as she interviews Maramena Roderick (E Tu Kahikatea, Ka Haku Au, Ka Mate The Haka The Legend)
and Lawrence Wharerau (The Piano, Waitangi: What Really Happened) about what it means to engage properly with Maori stories.

START TIME: 6.30pm Start, Wednesday 19 October, NZ Film Archive, 84 Taranaki Street, Wellington, $5 koha appreciated


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. Thank you to NZ On Air, Lightbox, NZ Film Commission and Images & Sound for making this possible.... Read more