Casting is everything. If you get the right people they make you look good. – Tod Solondz

Everyone knows if you get the cast wrong you’re screwed. But how do you get it right?

Following our hit Auckland Writer’s Room, Script to Screen presents a Wellington discussion with casting directors Tina Cleary (Boy, Top of the Lake, Emperor (NZ)) and Miranda Rivers (The Hobbit, Avatar (NZ), Home by Christmas).

Using specific examples, Tina and Miranda talk to director Stuart McKenzie about their casting process and philosophy: from script analysis, auditions, and casting non-actors & children through to the casting director’s relationships with the director and producer.

This session is designed for writers, directors, producers and actors.

Come along for the final Screen Discussion of 2012 and stay afterward for a slice of Heaven pizza on us and a drink.

Drinks 5:30, 6pm start, Wednesday 21st November, The Film Archive, 88 Taranaki Street, Wellington, $5 koha appreciated.

It’s a risk casting anyone against type or what they’re known to do. But there’s one thing better than having a great actor, which is having a great actor who’s never done what you’re asking him to do. He’s hungry to get out of the trailer every day and hungry to test himself. – Sam Mendes


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