Hear from some of the key creatives of TVNZ smash hit, After the Party, a series many are calling the best new Kiwi offering in years.

Story creators Robyn Malcolm and Dianne Taylor and producer/director Peter Salmon come together to talk about their collaborative process, from the very earliest story conversations to the writing, all stages of production, and publicity.

Peter, Dianne and Robyn will discuss some of their learnings and how they managed challenges that inevitably arose along the way. With dynamic, talented speakers like these,  this promises to be an interesting and stimulating conversation.

There are limited seats, book early, don’t miss out!

When: Tuesday 23rd April, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Arrive from 6:00 PM for a 6.30 start

Where: The Spinoff
1/615 New North Road, Morningside
(entrance is off Western Springs Road)
Please get in touch if you have any accessibility requirements.

Cost: General Admission $5.00 (Plus. GST+BF) via Humanitix.

Please be sure to arrive with plenty of time to be seated for a 6:30 prompt start.
Allow time to find a park. There are bus and train stops close to the venue.

Robyn Malcolm, a celebrated multi Award winning New Zealand actress is renowned for her iconic portrayal of Cheryl West in Outrageous Fortune. She is currently engaged in filming the feature Pike alongside Melanie Lynskey and features in TVNZ/ITV’s After the Party, which she co-created and stars in alongside Peter Mullan. Her diverse screen presence extends to Warner Bros/Discovery’s Far North with Temuera Morrison, Apple TV’s Black Bird with Taron Egerton and the late Ray Liotta. Notably, she has made significant contributions to Australian television through appearances in series such as Rake, Upper Middle Bogan, Wanted, and Harrow, and has graced notable films like Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lovely Bones, and Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake.

Dianne’s latest project is the six-part t.v drama, After The Party, (dir. Peter Salmon) which she created in collaboration with lead actor, Robyn Malcolm. It screened on TVNZ in late 2023 and is available to view on TVNZ+.   Her previous work includes the feature film,  Beyond The Known World, (dir. Pan Nalin) which was filmed in India and released in New Zealand in April 2016. Her first film, Apron Strings, 2008 (dir. Sima Urale co-writer, Shuchi Kothari) opened the NZ International Film Festival and screened in numerous film festivals around the world, including Toronto.  Dianne also works as a script advisor and has mentored writers in the Show Me Shorts and Fresh Shorts development programmes.  In 2023 she was invited to tutor at the FilmNomad Screenwriting Workshop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Peter Salmon is an award-winning director and producer working extensively in  Australia and New Zealand. A co-founder of Auckland production company Luminous Beast, he co-created and directed the Sky Originals series INSiDE, winner of the 2021 International Emmy for Short-Form Series.  His other directing credits include ABC’s RakeHarrow for Hulu and ABC, Halifax: Retribution for the Nine Network, the CBBC/Seven Network/TVNZ co-production Mystic;  the ABC’s The Beautiful Lie, starring Sarah Snook, the award-winning Nowhere BoysOffspring for Network Ten, and Wanted for Matchbox Pictures and Netflix, for which he won the New Zealand TV Award for Best Director.
Peter produced and directed the acclaimed NZ drama After The Party and has recently completed directing Madam, starring Rachel Griffiths and Martin Henderson.

This TALK is made possible thanks to the support from the New Zealand Film Commission, Images and Sound, White Studios and The Spinoff.


Join Script to Screen and the New Zealand Film Commission for a live webinar on Tuesday 17th October 5:00-6:00 pm. You will hear about what’s needed to apply for Whiringa Tauatahi – Stage One of Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts and get a complete overview of the application process and the selection criteria.

Register for the webinar in advance and submit a question to help shape the discussion. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar or you can email webinar questions to communications@script-to-screen.co.nz.

Webinar now available to watch on Youtube:

Image from I am Paradise written and directed by Hiona Henare 2021.

Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts is now open for Whiringa Tauatahi – Stage One applications. Applications are made via the Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts Funding Portal which is open until 1pm, Monday 6 November 2023.

The full criteria and requirements for the assessment of both Whiringa Tuatahi – Stage One and Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two can be found on our website. Any enquiries can be directed to Emma Mortimer the Script to Screen Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts Programme Manager: freshshorts@script-to-screen.co.nz

If you are unable to join the discussion live, the Webinar will be available for you to refer to afterwards on Script to Screen’s YouTube and Facebook page.


APPLICATIONS OPENED: Wednesday, 27 September 2023 (Apply via Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts Portal)
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 1 pm, Monday, 6 November 2023 

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Monday 15 January 2024 
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 1 pm, Monday 26 February 2024 
MENTORSHIPS: 10 June to 19 July 2024 (Six weeks) 

Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts is a New Zealand Film Commission Short Film Fund and Script to Screen manages the reading, assessment, workshop and mentoring aspects of the Fresh Shorts Development Programme.

“The Convert ultimately represents a tremendous feat of reclamation, a Māori story told by a Māori director in the Māori language with a large Māori cast.” 
Ankit Jhunjhunwala for The Playlist

Script to Screen is delighted to be presenting this special in-conversation with Lee Tamahori, one of New Zealand’s most successful and celebrated filmmakers. He is the director and co-writer of The Convert, a New Zealand & Australian feature film co-production starring Guy Pearce and Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, which had its world premiere at TIFF this month.

Lee Tamahori has an extraordinary body of work including Once Were WarriorsMulholland FallsAlong Came A Spider, Die Another Day, and more recently Mahana aka The Patriach directing alongside Jitesh Mahana. Throughout his formidable career, Lee has continued to bring New Zealand stories to the international stage.

Paula Morris will moderate the discussion about The Convert, described at TIFF as a “Stunning, Sweeping & Action-Packed Historical Epic”. She will explore Lee’s approach to making the film, including story themes, ideology and past experiences that guided his decisions.

Tuesday 3rd October 2023 
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 
The Capitol Cinema, 610 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland 1041

$5.75 (incl. GST) for sales via Humanitix to secure your seat.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Optional socialising
After the TALK Script to Screen will provide pizza, and it’s buy your own drinks.


SPEAKER: Lee Tamahori (Ngāti Porou)

Beginning as a commercial artist and photographer, Lee Tamahori joined the New Zealand film industry in the late 1970s as a boom operator. He became an assistant director a decade later. Making international award-winning commercials for 10 years, he has also directed several TV series.

His big break as a director came with Once Were Warriors (1994). The film went on to outgross Jurassic Park on its New Zealand release, and won audiences, acclaim and awards around the world. Shot in a style that mixes gritty realism with bold use of colour, Once Were Warriors examined a world of domestic violence and gangs for an urban Māori family. The movie’s unflinching depictions of the former matched Tamahori’s desire for films that evoke a response: films that “make you reel out of the theatre and you have to go to a bar and have a drink.”

Biography taken from IMDB and NZOnScreen.

Photo credit: Kirsty Griffin

MODERATOR: Paula Morris (MNZM, Associate Professor, English and Drama Director, Master of Creative Writing)

Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning Auckland fiction writer and essayist. She writes on film for the site KoreaSeen, and directs the Master of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland. She is the editor of the new anthology Hiwa: Contemporary Māori Short Stories.

Photo Credit: Colleen Maria Lenihan

This Script to Screen TALK is made possible thanks to generous support from
New Zealand Film Commission, Foundation NorthImages & SoundWhite Studios and The Capitol Cinema. 


Ever wondered how to start a career writing for film or television? Three highly accomplished and successful writers will share their stories about the pathways they took to a career in the screen industry. Hear about the discoveries they made along the way, difficulties they encountered, and how they overcame obstacles to establish successful screenwriting careers.

An exceptional group of New Zealand screenwriters, our speakers for this event now include Pip Hall (The Dance Exponents-Why Does Love, One Lane Bridge, Runaway Millionaires), Briar Grace-Smith (Cousins, Rurangi, Strength of Water),  and Michael Bennett (The Gone, In Dark Places, Matariki). Jackie Dennis, Executive Director of Script to Screen, will moderate the TALK.

Each speaker has a unique story that demonstrates their choices on the road to success. Come along – they will inspire you on your journey.

Friday, 11th August 2023
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  TALK
Screen CanterburyNZ Office
ChristchurchNZ – BNZ Centre, Level 3, 101 Cashel Street

For access to the venue, there is a lane off Cashel St Mall between Michael Hill & Spark. Lifts are on the left.
Wheelchair access is available.

$5.75 (incl. GST) for sales via EventBrite to secure your seat.

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm – Optional socialising
After the TALK we will move to the Kaiser Brew Garden for socialising with other attendees. Script to Screen will provide pizza, and it’s buy your own drinks.


Pip Hall

Pip Hall has written for television and theatre, and won awards in both mediums. She started her screen career writing for sketch shows like Skitz and Telly Laughs, and enjoyed a long working relationship with soap Shortland Street. She went on to work on the scripts for Kiwi TV movies Why Does Love? and Runaway Millionaires, miniseries Jonah (about Jonah Lomu) and crime show One Lane Bridge.
“I love telling stories because I want to share the human condition, so that we know we are not alone in this big, crazy world; so we can celebrate our similarities and our differences.” – Pip Hall

Briar Grace-Smith

Briar Grace-Smith is of Ngā Puhi descent and a writer of short fiction, stage plays and feature films. Her plays include Ngā Pou Wāhine, Purapurawhetū and When Sun and Moon Collide. She is an Arts Foundation Laureate and was recently made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to film, television and theatre. She has worked as a Development Executive for the New Zealand Film Commission and taught ‘Writing for Theatre’ at IIML (2015). Briar is a Sundance alumni and the writer of the feature films The Strength of Water and Fresh Meat. Her television credits include Fishskin SuitBeing EveKaitangata Twitch and the Australian children’s television series, Grace Beside Me (2017). She was a director and co-writer of the short film, Nine of Hearts, and wrote and directed Charm for the feature project Waru (2017). She collaborated with Toi Whakaari, directing Krystal, a short film by Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu. She was the screenwriter and co-director of the feature film Cousins, and is a writer and co-director of Rūrangi, Series 2. Briar was made a member of the Directors branch of the Academy in 2022.

Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and author. He is the 2020 recipient of the Te Aupounamu Māori Screen Excellence Award, awarded by the NZ Film Commission for excellence in Māori filmmaking. Michael’s short films and feature films have screened and won awards internationally, including Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, New York, London, ImagiNative and Dreamspeakers. Michael devoted many years of his recent career to the fight for justice for Teina Pora, a young Māori man wrongly imprisoned for 21 years. Michael made the documentary The Confessions of Prisoner T, which lead to the discovery of evidence pivotal to Teina’s exoneration. Michael directed and co-wrote the feature film In Dark Places (2019) about Teina’s case, which was finalist for a record 11 awards in the NZ Television Awards, winning Best Film and Best Director. Michael has been head writer or showrunner for many dozens of hours of prime-time television drama including The Gone (NZ / Ireland crime thriller), Vegas (crime thriller), Te Kohu (supernatural drama), Mataku (the Māori Twilight Zone). Michael’s debut novel Better The Blood, a crime thriller, was published in 2022 in the UK, USA, Australia and NZ, with nine international translations. Better The Blood was a finalist for the fiction prize at the 2023 New Zealand literary awards (The Ockhams), the first time a crime novel has been shortlisted for the premiere NZ literary award. Michael is currently adapting his novel for television, and writing the second book in the series, Return To Blood.

This Script to Screen TALK is made possible thanks to generous support from
New Zealand Film Commission, Te Puna Matarau, Screen CanterburyNZImages & Sound and South Island Media.

This STS TALK will cover the essentials of a rigorous development process, and how to create a standout application for further advice or funds. Having a strong idea and a great filmmaking team is just the beginning.

Nicole Dade, visiting from Sydney, will demystify the development process, from your story idea onwards. She will delve into what makes a great application, including all the essential documents you’ll need and how to know if you and your story are ready to apply. She will also talk about working with producers and script consultants during that development phase. There will be an opportunity for questions. You will leave knowing how to take your application and your project to the next level.


Nicole Dade is a screenwriter, story developer and story/script producer with 15 years’ international experience in TV, film and online scripted content. She is a screenwriter of original and commissioned work and also contributes to writers’ rooms as writer, script editor or script producer. A skilled story and script consultant, Nicole is highly regarded for her creative and strategic insight and for her expertise in screen story and genre craft. She has extensive development experience working with writers, production companies, screen agencies and broadcasters at all stages of a project’s life cycle, from the kernel of an idea through development and production. As a senior creative executive, Nicole’s roles include development executive at Screen Australia, where she worked with many of Australia’s finest filmmakers. She is an industry consultant and assessor for international funding agencies.

Nicole is passionate about the power of storytelling and in fostering and championing diverse stories and voices. She designs and leads talent programmes internationally, and presents workshops using her Elements of Story programme, which she created to demystify the principles of screen storytelling.


Friday 30 June 2023
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  TALK

Screen CanterburyNZ Office
ChristchurchNZ – BNZ Centre, Level 3, 101 Cashel Street

Access to the venue is down Five Lanes between Michael Hill & Spark.
Wheelchair access is available.

$5.75 (incl. GST) for sales via EventBrite to secure your seat

Script to Screen TALKS are made possible thanks to generous support from:
New Zealand Film Commission,  Te Puna Matarau, and Screen CanterburyNZ .

Script to Screen welcomes BAFTA and AWGIE winning screenwriter Anthony Mullins to Aotearoa.

Join us as Anthony discusses screenwriting and how writers can explore and excel in telling more complex, intricate, authentic stories. Anthony challenges the conventions of story structure and character arcs, expanding your possibilities as a storyteller.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s leading screenwriters, and author of the book Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Crafting Powerful and Original Character Arcs for the Screen.

Essential for anyone interested in writing scripts for film and TV series, this TALK will take place in both Wellington and Auckland in early May.


Anthony is a BAFTA and AWGIE award winning screenwriter, director and script producer. The projects Anthony has written and directed have won numerous international awards including a Primetime Emmy, an International Digital Emmy, two BAFTAs and five Australian Writer’s Guild awards. One of Anthony’s first short films (STOP, 2000) was nominated for the Palme d’Or for short films at the Cannes Film Festival. One of Anthony’s first TV assignments was writing and directing two spin-off web series for the hit US television series LOST, one of which won a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Interactive Television (Dharma Wants You, 2009). In 2022, Anthony’s play, The Norman Mailer Anecdote was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards. His book Beyond the Hero’s Journey is based in part on his doctorate and was released by New South Publishing (UNSW) in 2021. It has so far been released in Australia, the UK, the United States and will be released in China in 2023.

Tuesday 2 May 2023

6:30 – 7:30pm  TALK
7:30 – 8:30pm – Cash bar, socialising and pizza
Tapere Iti, Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington

After the TALK, stay and have pizza on Script to Screen. There will be a cash bar and socialising with fellow filmmakers.

$5.75 (incl. GST) for sales via EventBrite to secure your seat


Wednesday 3 May 2023

6:30 – 7:30pm  TALK
7:30 – 8:30pm – Cash bar, socialising and pizza
Capitol Cinema, 610 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland

After the TALK, stay and have pizza on Script to Screen. There will be a cash bar and socialising with fellow filmmakers.

$5.75 (incl. GST) for sales via EventBrite to secure your seat

Script to Screen TALKS are made possible thanks to generous support from
New Zealand Film Commission, Foundation North, Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity, The Capitol Cinema and White Studios.

Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear. Take care of what they see. For how the children grow, so will the shape of Aotearoa.
– Dame Whina Cooper

So many screen stories start with a personal or memorable experience that often includes other people. When developing a script based on actual events, it helps to understand your place in the story, how far you can stray from the truth, and who you need to consult with. This TALK will cover those challenges and other considerations for autobiographical projects and stories about a public figure.

Hear from three outstanding writer-directors, Welby Ings (Punch, Sparrow), Mathew J. Saville (Juniper, Dive) and Paula Whetu Jones (Whina, Waru), as they discuss their recent experience weaving screen stories from truth, memory, and social history. Moderated by filmmaker Karin Williams (SIS, Teine Sa), this promises to be an insightful and valuable conversation.

Join us at Tapac on Wednesday, the 29th of March, at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday 29 March 2023
6:30 – 7:30pm -TALK
7:30 – 8:30pm – Cash bar, socialising and pizza
TAPAC, 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

After the TALK, stay and have pizza on Script to Screen, there will be a cash bar and socialising with fellow filmmakers.

$5.75 (incl. GST) for sales via EventBrite to secure your seat.
$5.00 cash at the door.


WELBY INGS is a multi-award winning designer, filmmaker, and writer. His short films, Boy, Munted and Sparrow have been selected in competition at over 80 international film festivals. His critically acclaimed LGBTQI+ feature film Punch had its international premiere last year in Tallinn Black Nights, and it is currently programmed across a spectrum of international festivals. As well as being a film director Welby is also a Professor in Narrative Design at Auckland University of Technology.

MATTHEW J. SAVILLE is an award-winning writer, director and actor. Having graduated from New Zealand’s National Drama School, Toi Whakaari, it was directing that really sparked Matt’s passion. HIs directorial debut – 2012’s NZFC funded short film Hitch Hike – thumbed its way to festivals all around the world and Matt’s sophomore effort, the multi-award winning Dive, premiered at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival. Both films have garnered millions of views online. In 2021 he wrote and directed his first feature film Juniper, starring Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling. Aside from a strong festival run, Juniper opened theatrically worldwide in territories including the UK, Scandinavia and Australia and will be released theatrically in the US and Canada in January 2023.

Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Whakatohea  Ngati Porou

Born and raised in Hastings, I went to film school where I specialised in things I never went on to do but I did learn the processes and discipline of film and TV. My foray into documentary came from being tired of people perpetuating stereotypes and getting “our” stories wrong. For me, it is all about context. If you don’t know the world, it’s much harder to get authenticity in your story.

I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years and have worked in all production areas, but lately I have moved from doco to drama. I recently co-directed and co-wrote the feature film Whina and was one of the Māori Women writer-directors on Waru. I am currently a co-writer and co-director on a Warner Bros NZ series, the creator, co-writer and co-director of a series for Neon, and I’m in the second draft of a historical NZ feature script for Sweetshop and Green.

KARIN WILLIAMS is a descendant of British settlers in Aotearoa and ancestors from the South Pacific island of Aitutaki. She began her career as a reporter at the Cook Islands News in Rarotonga, going on to work as a writer, director and producer for broadcast networks in New Zealand and the USA. She founded Multinesia Productions to support global indigenous storytelling and has worked with first nations communities in Canada, Alaska and the Pacific. Her independent film projects have screened at festivals around the world. Recent credits include Teine Sā, a Pacific horror/anthology series for Sky NZ Originals, and the acclaimed Polynesian sketch comedy series, SIS for Comedy Central.

Script to Screen TALKS are made possible thanks to generous support from New Zealand Film Commission, Foundation North and White Studios.


Script to Screen has partnered with Aotearoa SyncPosium to bring you this extraordinary panel of US speakers who are masters of music in film and TV.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from the Head of Music at Amazon Studios, Anton Monsted, who music supervised Elvis, The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge; Amos Newman, former WME Agent and now Sr VP of Music at Fifth Season (Formerly Endeavour); music supervisor Karyn Rachtman (Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Clueless) and score composer and founding member of System of a Down, Serj Tankian (Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street).

The discussion will be wide ranging including current trends in music synchronization rights and music scores, what music supervisors bring to your project, and what score composers need from a director to do their best work.

Moderating this panel is Executive Producer of HUMAN Worldwide Carol Dunn, also visiting Aotearoa for the SyncPosium. Carol’s wealth of knowledge will skillfully lead the discussion.

If you have something specific, you would like to ask, you can submit a question in advance via this link, and we will pass it on to the speakers.

We look forward to seeing you!

Mon 06 March 2023

6:30-7:30pm  TALK
7:30-8:30 – Cash bar, socialising and snacks
Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

After the TALK, stay and have some snacks on Script to Screen. There will be a cash bar and socialising with fellow filmmakers.

The TALK is $10 book via Q Theatre to secure your seat. 


Anton Monstead
Music Supervisor Elvis, Head of Music Amazon Studios

Anton Monsted is a music producer and industry executive best known for his role as the head of music at Amazon Studios. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the music strategy for the studio’s original content, including films and television shows. Anton brings a wealth of experience to his role, having worked in the music industry for many years as a producer, executive, and consultant. He has a deep understanding of the music business and is known for his ability to identify and develop new talent, as well as his expertise in music supervision and licensing. With his extensive network of industry contacts and his passion for music, Anton is well-positioned to lead Amazon Studios’ music efforts into the future.

Amos Newman

Amos Newman currently heads the Music Department at FIFTH SEASON, formally Endeavor Content. Amos oversees all music-related matters across FIFTH SEASON’s film and television studios. His group recently received their first Emmy nomination and win for Teddy Shapiro’s brilliant score on Apple TV’s Severance. Other notable FIFTH SEASON projects include Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-nominated film The Lost Daughter, the critically-acclaimed tv shows; Killing Eve and The Morning Show, and the documentary series McCartney 3, 2, 1 hosted by Rick Rubin. Amos’ role extends to producing music-based IP. He is currently developing an Otis Redding bio-feature, as well as a feature-length documentary about the legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire. Prior to joining FIFTH SEASON, Amos was a partner agent, and Head of the Music for Visual Media Group at William Morris Endeavor. There he guided the careers of notable composers such as Hans Zimmer, Ludwig Göransson, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Randy Newman and many more. Amos lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of the USC School of Music.

Karyn Rachtman
Music Supervisor

Karyn Rachtman is an American music supervisor, producer, best known for her work in the film and television industries. She has been responsible for overseeing the music for numerous high-profile productions, including the iconic films Pulp Fiction and Boogie Nights, as well as popular television shows like Breaking Bad. With a deep knowledge of music and a keen ear for discovering new talent, Karyn has become one of the most sought-after music supervisors in the entertainment industry. Her innovative approach to music supervision has earned her a reputation as a true tastemaker, helping to shape the sound of modern film and television. In addition to her work as a music supervisor, Karyn is also a talented producer, having released several compilation albums and worked with a wide range of artists.

Serj Tankian
System of A Down Founder, Composer, Artist & Activist

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American singer, songwriter, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist of the Grammy-winning alternative metal band System of a Down. With his unique and powerful voice, Serj has become one of the most recognizable figures in the heavy metal genre, known for his politically charged lyrics and socially conscious message. In addition to his work with System of a Down, Serj has released several critically acclaimed solo albums, incorporating a range of musical styles including classical, jazz, and world music. He is also an outspoken political activist, using his platform to advocate for a variety of causes, including human rights, environmentalism, and animal welfare. Serj’s music and activism have made him a powerful voice in the world of rock music and beyond.

Carol Dunn
Executive Proudcer, Human Worldwide

Carol Dunn is an Experienced Executive Producer with over 25 years demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry – record labels, music publishing and advertising. Skilled in Music Supervision, Licensing, Music Production, Music Entertainment, Business Development, Sales, Marketing & Branding, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, Culture & Talent Manager.
Carol has 17 years of content creation production experience; specializing in pre and post-production music for advertising.


Gerard Johnstone, in conversation with Dominic Corry, will talk about the big picture intentions he had approaching the film as well as some deep detail on methods he used to scare us and make us laugh.

M3GAN is short for Model 3 Generative Android, and is written by Akela Cooper (Malignant) from a story by James Wan (Saw, Aquaman). The animatronic doll is created by combining a doll, a dancer/performer, a voice artist and CGI. We’ll hear how Gerard brought this unique android character to life and the local talent he worked with in the process.

Shot partly in Auckland in 2021, the film moved from Canada to New Zealand due to the pandemic, employing New Zealand cast and crew and working with WETA Workshop.

This film has revealed a distinct directing style for Gerard Johnstone as his pathway takes him from low-budget comedy horror Housebound to working with Blumhouse Productions and one of Hollywood’s big film studios, Universal Pictures.

Come along to this talk to hear how Gerard did it!

Tue 31 January 2023
7:30 – 8:30– Online TALK

This is a FREE Online event. Those who purchased tickets for the in-person event will be fully refunded.


After twice winning the 48Hours film contest, Gerard Johnstone used some of the prize money to make a pilot for a comedy. Though the project went nowhere, TV3 went on to screen two seasons of his award-winning comedy The Jaquie Brown Diaries. In 2014 Johnstone’s first movie — horror comedy Housebound — garnered acclaim, awards and interest from America. In 2016 Johnstone rebooted 80s series Terry and the Gunrunners as Terry Teo. The show’s online debut won headlines, after it was judged too mature to screen in a children’s slot. Johnstone’s second feature is Blumhouse horror movie M3gan, from an idea by James Wan.

– Bio taken from NZ on Screen


Dominic Corry has been one of New Zealand’s most vocal and enthusiastic film critics for over ten years.

His reviews, columns and features appear in the NZ Herald, Flicks.co.nz, Herald on Sunday and nzherald.co.nz. He introduces New Zealand films every Friday night on TVNZ Heartland, and talks about movies on TV ONE Breakfast, George FM and Radio Hauraki.His favourite New Zealand films are The Quiet Earth and Housebound.

Script to Screen TALKS are made possible thanks to generous support from
New Zealand Film Commission & Foundation North. A special thanks to our venue sponsor Capitol Cinema.

Wed 27 April
5:30pm – 6:30pm NZDT – TALK
Live on Zoom Webinar

Join us for a TALK with Rachel Okine, Head of Features and Development Executive at Stan – Australia’s leading local streaming service and creator of original productions.

Rachel will talk with NZ producer Fraser Brown about the breadth of Stan’s slate, what projects they are looking for, how they fit into the financing eco-system and what kinds of partnerships work well with their model.

This is a chance to learn how and when to approach the platform in an efficient way, how their commissioning process works and classic mistakes you should avoid. Producers of all levels, as well as writers and directors developing series and features, will find this webinar useful.

The Stan Originals slate includes the hit series Wolf Like Me, starring Isla Fisher and Josh Gad; The Tourist, starring Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald; Gold, starring Zac Efron; Nitram, directed by Justin Kurzel, starring Caleb Landry Jones, Essie Davis, Judy Davis and Anthony LaPaglia; Bump series 1 & 2, starring Claudia Karvan; RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, and many other acclaimed original series and films.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear directly from the Development Executive at Australian streaming platform Stan.

Register for free in advance to secure a spot and to receive the link for the talk. There will be a Q&A at the end of the discussion, questions can be submitted to the moderator when registering or during the discussion.


Rachel Okine

Rachel Okine is the Head of Features & Development Executive for Stan, Australia’s leading national streaming service. After starting her career in acquisitions at FilmFour, Rachel was the first employee of Hopscotch, later becoming the Acquisitions Executive for eOne ANZ and Head of Development for Hopscotch Features. Rachel moved back to Europe in 2015 to become Paris-based VP of International Production and Acquisitions for Studiocanal; and was subsequently appointed VP of International Acquisitions for STX. Returning to Australia in 2020, Rachel was appointed Managing Director of Academy Award-nominated production company Aquarius Films to strategically lead its film and TV operations.

Fraser Brown

Fraser combines a rare blend of creative, business and leadership expertise in his work as a creative producer, co-founder and Creative Director of FluroBlack.
Fraser started his career, more than 20 years ago, as a professional actor working extensively in film, television and theatre. His evolution into creative producer started with award-winning short, Dead Letters (Telluride Film Festival, 2006). Since then he has produced or executive produced nine international feature documentaries, two scripted features, a major international television series and an edgy, award-winning web series.
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