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.


ABOUT ROBYN MALCOLM:
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.

ABOUT DIANNE TAYLOR:
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.

ABOUT PETER SALMON:
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.


 

Narrative Design is the process of understanding story as a system. This understanding allows storytellers to better connect to both play and interactivity, for games, XR and live choice-driven experiences. It also gives a look “under the hood” at how story functions on a meta and micro structural level, which can help linear storytelling move away from rigid conventions.

This practical workshop will introduce three validated processes of narrative design that can be used across a wide range of media.

These result in clear and simple diagrams that can be used to clarify ideas, facilitate discussion and communicate to stakeholders.

Participants will work on their own laptops using the online collaboration tool, Miro – now a standard for the industry – and take a new idea from inspiration to a short choice-driven narrative design.

Alexander Swords works in writing, narrative design, and narrative direction for video games, XR and live interactive experiences. The workshop is based on the Forest Paths Method which is now used by studios and educators to develop and teach narrative design around the world.

 


Who is it for: Anyone 17+, any skill level.

When: Wednesday 3rd April, 10am – 4pm
Where:  Yoobee College of Creative Innovation – Auckland City Road Campus
Level 4/3 City Road, Grafton, Auckland 1010
Please get in touch with us if you require special assistance with the venue.

Cost: General Admission $125 (incl. GST+BF) via Humanitix.

What to bring: Laptop (not provided), water bottle and lunch. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. 1hr lunch break – countdown and cafes within walking distance.

Parking: Allow adequate time to find a public park; using public transport is recommended.


Alexander Swords is a writer, narrative designer and director in video games and interactive experiences. He’s also the creator of the Forest Paths Method for Narrative Design, a player-first approach to understanding story in an approachable and collaborative way, used internationally by developers and educators. Advising government, arts organisations, and educators, he’s an advocate for diverse stories and their writers, and is currently teaching at the National Institute for the Dramatic Arts (NIDA), a resident practitioner at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and on the Interactive and AI Committees for the Australian Writers’ Guild.


Script to Screen thanks Yoobee College of Creative Innovation for providing the venue on their city campus.


 

Three Canadian guests with diverse backgrounds and experiences will discuss international co-productions and industry trends in Canada. The shared concerns, values, and history of New Zealand and Canada make them an ideal country to partner with and partnering is a great way to fully finance your projects. 

Fraser Ash has worked with renowned creatives on complex film and TV productions, Alain Strati has industry knowledge from his policy and government relations work at the Canadian Media Producers Association, and Paula Devonshire, a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, brings unique values from her work in the Canadian screen industry.   

Come along to this special occasion to get valuable insights about working with Canadians.  

Entertainment Lawyer Sarah Cull will moderate the discussion. 

The talk is a collaboration with WIFT and the speakers are in New Zealand thanks to support from Ontario Creates, Telefilm Canada, Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Media Producers Association, the Indigenous Screen Office, the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho and Screen Wellington. They are attending the WIFT New Zealand / Canada Co-Production Summit. 

SPEAKERS PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT ARE PAULA DEVONSHIRE, FRASER ASH AND ALAIN STRATI

Monday 18th March 2024 

6:30 – 7:30pm TALK 

7:30 – 8:30pm – optional socializing  

After the TALK Script to Screen will provide pizza, and it’s buy your own drinks. 

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 + GST and Booking Fee for sales via Humanitix to secure your seat 


This Script to Screen TALKS is made possible thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission, White Studios and WIFT. 


 

MODERATOR SARAH CULL
Entertainment Lawyer 

https://www.sarahcull.co.nz/ 

Sarah is an entertainment lawyer with over 20 years experience in the film and television industry. Clients include producers, government funders, private financiers, post-production facilities, directors, writers, distributors, animation studios. 

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Sarah provides a wide range of legal services in relation to the development, production, distribution and exploitation of film, TV and online productions. She also gives advice on New Zealand’s screen incentives and co-productions. 

Prior to setting up her legal practice, Sarah was Head of Business Affairs at the New Zealand Film Commission for five years.  During her time at the New Zealand Film Commission Sarah managed New Zealand’s screen incentive programs for film and television.  She was instrumental in setting up the first set of criteria for New Zealand’s domestic incentive program.  Sarah has also worked as an in-house production lawyer for film and television companies and has served on the board of Film New Zealand. 

Sarah is a member of WIFT and is passionate about great films and TV, dogs and yoga. 

 

ABOUT PAULA DEVONSHIRE
Producer/CEO, Devonshire Productions Inc.
www.devonshireinc.com  

 A graduate of U of T, Paula has attended the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, Trans-Atlantic Partners and was the first Canadian to participate in the Inside Pictures Producer Program in London, UK. Paula is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation.  

As a feature producer she has worked with acclaimed filmmakers such as Neil Jordan, Atom Egoyan, George Romero, Robert Lantos and Alex Kurtzman.  

 Paula’s feature film credits include: GEORGE ROMERO’S DIARY OF THE DEAD and SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, the GINGER SNAPS sequel and prequel, REAL TIME, THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG,  WET BUM, REMEMBER starring the legendary Christopher Plummer, INDIAN HORSE, GRETA, starring Isabel Huppert, RUN WOMAN RUN, and STELLAR  and will be in production on BLOOD LINES  in fall 2024.  

 Paula has produced on TV series such as CLARICE, VIKINGS, PEOPLE OF EARTH JOHN GRISHAM’S THE FIRM.  

Paula is currently co-writing with Oscar nominated Greelandic director Pipaluk Jorgensen on THIS ROAD OF MINE. Devonshire has also created several TV pilots in development with various broadcasters and partners. 

Most recent films – 2023 STELLAR – producer (feature), 2021 CLARICE – producer (TV Series), 2020 RUN WOMAN RUN  – producer (Feature), 2019 SHORT TREKS (STAR TREK) – Producer (TV series), 2018 INDIAN HORSE – producer (feature) 

 

ABOUT FRASER ASH
Producer, Rhombus Media
www.rhombusmedia.com  

Fraser Ash is a producer of feature films, television series, and documentaries. In September 2019, he was a joint recipient of the Canadian Media Producers’ Association (CMPA) Kevin Tierney Award for Emerging Producers. Feature film credits include BLACKBERRY (2023), directed by Matt Johnson; SEVEN VEILS (2023), directed by Atom Egoyan; POSSESSOR (2020), directed by Brandon Cronenberg; DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL (2019), directed by Albert Shin; INTO THE FOREST (2015) directed by Patricia Rozema; and ENEMY (2013), directed by Denis Villeneuve. Fraser was supervising producer for the documentary feature films THE DEVIL’S HORN (2016) and OUR MAN IN TEHRAN (2013), both directed by Larry Weinstein. For television, Fraser is co-executive producer of the upcoming HBO series THE SYMPATHIZER (Spring 2024), starring Robert Downey Jr. and Sandra Oh. The series is directed by Park Chan-wook, Fernando Meirelles and Marc Munden. Fraser was co-executive producer of the BBC/CBC dramatic series THE NORTH WATER (2021), directed by Andrew Haigh; co-producer of the CBC comedy series MICHAEL: EVERY DAY (2017); and co-producer of the series SENSITIVE SKIN (2014-2016). Fraser is a graduate of Queen’s University where he studied philosophy and film studies, spending his third year at the University of Edinburgh. In 2013, Fraser obtained the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law. 

Most recent films – The Sympathizer – Co-Executive Producer (post-production, 2024) // BlackBerry (2023) – Producer // Seven Veils (2023) – Producer // The North Water (2021) – Co-Executive Producer // Possessor (2020) – Producer 

 

ABOUT ALAIN STRATI
Senior Vice President, Industry, Policy and General Counsel at the Canadian Media Producers Association
https://cmpa.ca/ 

Representing the interests of independent producers working in Canada’s vibrant media industry, Alain oversees all day-to-day legal, industry, legislative, regulatory and public policy files at the CMPA.

A member of the CMPA’s executive leadership team, Alain provides strategic and legal advice to the President and CEO and CMPA leadership on all policy matters relating to the independent production industry, including business affairs, copyright, Terms of Trade and more. Alain leads and manages the Policy and Government Relations departments, and advocates on behalf of the CMPA and its members before federal and provincial governments on policies that affect the industry.

Alain is fluently bilingual, and has built extensive knowledge and experience in the media industry while working at the country’s largest media companies. Prior to joining the CMPA, Alain held the position of Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs at Bell, where he worked on a variety of files related to the Canadian broadcasting system. He also previously held positions as Vice President, Business & Regulatory Affairs, and Vice President, OMNI, Specialty TV & Development at Rogers Media.

Having volunteered as a coach and club administrator, Alain is now Vice-President of the board of the Toronto Soccer Association. He is also a board member at Accessible Media Inc., a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

Alain holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, called to the bar in 1996.


 

Calling all aspiring filmmakers, storytellers and creatives! Want to learn how to use the power of cinema to tell your stories?

The South Auckland Short Film Workshop is a two-day workshop, held over two weekends, that covers how to turn an idea into a short film. Whether you’re new to filmmaking or have some experience, we are calling everyone who aspires to tell their stories on the screen to come and learn what it takes to bring your story to life.

Over two successive Saturdays, experienced filmmakers will guide you through the principles of how to write a short film, the role of the director, what it takes to get your short film off the ground and what’s needed to pitch to funders and collaborators. Speakers include Marina Alofagia McCartney (Milk & Honey, Vai), Nikki Si’ulepa (Same But Different, Mā, Snow in Paradise) and Vea Mafile’o (The Panthers, For My Fathers Kingdom).

Who it is for: New and emerging creatives 17+ from any industry who have an interest in short filmmaking.

When: Sat 18th November and Sat 25th November 2023 (9am-5pm each day)

Where: Friendship House, 20 Putney Way, Manukau CBD, Auckland 2104
Wheelchair access is available. If you require special assistance, please let us know.

Cost: General Admission $12.50 (inc GST + BF) Tickets via Humanitix 

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. You can bring lunch with you or there are many places to buy lunch in the immediate vicinity.

Participants from this workshop with a connection to South Auckland are encouraged to apply for Script to Screen’s South Shorts 2023 Mentorship Programme when applications open in February. Read more about South Shorts here.

Participants from this workshop with a connection to South Auckland are encouraged to apply for Script to Screen’s South Shorts 2023 Mentorship Programme when applications open in February. Read more about South Shorts here.. 


SPEAKERS

Marina Alofagia McCartney

(Pitonu’ū, Satupa’itea and Vailoa, Palauli – Savai’i, Samoa / Newcastle –England / Romani – England)

Marina Alofagia McCartney is an award-winning filmmaker and scholar with films featured in numerous festivals, including Palm Springs, NZIFF, ImagineNATIVE, Hawai’i International Film Festival. Marina wrote and directed the Samoan piece for the film Vai, which opened the NATIVe section at the 2019 Berlinale, and screened at festivals including SXSW, Edinburgh Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival. She has worked on writers’ tables as a storyliner and screenwriter (My Life Is Murder) and is developing several projects including her feature Dusky and NZFC Catalyst film, The Return.


 Nikki Si’ulepa

Sātalo, Solāua (Sāmoa)

Nikki Si’ulepa is an Aotearoa-born Samoan with German and Chinese ancestry from the villages of Sātalo, Falealili and Solāua. She’s an actor, writer, director, camera operator, screen tutor, and founding Pacific Islands Screen Artists Komiti member (PISA, est. 2020). She’s worked in the New Zealand screen industry since her debut acting role in Whole of the Moon in 1995, where she won two best actress awards. Her films have also won awards and nominations and have screened at international film festivals, including Berlinale, Tribeca, Sydney, Melbourne, FIFO, Queerscreen, NZIFF, Hollyshorts, and imagineNATIVE.

In 2021, Nikki created ScreenFit classes for writers, directors and actors of various skills, backgrounds and experiences to come together and work scenes to stay ‘screen fit’. Nikki has taught acting for screen and facilitated workshops on writing and filmmaking at South Shorts, The Actors Program, Excel Performing Arts, Actors Lab Studio, and various PISA events. Nikki can be seen on Canadian and New Zealand television screens in South Pacific Pictures’ thriller, The Sounds, in Roseanne Liang’s Shadow in the Cloud post-apocalyptic comedy drama, Creamerie, and guest stars opposite Kiwi Xena icon Lucy Lawless in My Life is Murder. Nikki’s currently writing and developing a new slate of films and series’.

Nikki loves arthouse films, vegan ice cream, fun film festivals, and short walks on the beach.


Vea Madile’o

Tongaleleka, Ha’apai (Tonga), Ngāti Te Wehi (Māori), English and Scottish

Vea is an Auckland based freelance film, television and media director, producer and artist who has filmed and exhibited her work extensively throughout the Pacific Islands. 2019 was a big year for Vea. Her debut feature film NZ Film Commission funded documentary, For My Father’s Kingdom, world premiered at the prestigious 2019 Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival, in which Vea and partner / co-director / cinematographer, Jeremiah Tauamiti, and Vea’s siblings and father attended. FMFK won a jury award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and is the first ever Pacific Islands feature length documentary in the world to be directed and produced by Tongan women. Vea’s short film, Toa’ipuapuagā – Strength in Suffering A Samoan Stigmata, also premiered at the 2019 Berlinale. Vea won the Moana Best Pasifika Non-Fiction Director at the 2019 Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc. Film Festival.

Vea has worked as an art director and location camera operator / director for TVNZ’s Pacific shows, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika, and for Pacific one-stop-shop website The Coconet TV and in films MariaLiliu, My Friend Michael Jones, MESSiAH Short Film, Finding Honk, The Map Reader. Vea is also the founder of the Okalani Film Festival and the Nuku’alofa Film Festival NFF.

Vea is currently developing a feature documentary, short film, and dramatic feature film. Vea has also produced three sons aged ten, six and three years old, some of her best productions to date.


This workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from Creative Communities Auckland and Foundation North.

Script to Screen also receives financial support from the New Zealand Film Commission.

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.

KEY DATES

WHIRINGA TUATAHI – STAGE ONE
APPLICATIONS OPENED: Wednesday, 27 September 2023 (Apply via Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts Portal)
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 1 pm, Monday, 6 November 2023 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHORTLISTED TEAMS: Early January 2024 

WHIRINGA TUARUA – STAGE TWO
APPLICATIONS OPEN: Monday 15 January 2024 
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 1 pm, Monday 26 February 2024 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNDED TEAMS: Late April 2024 
DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP DATES: 8-9 June 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.

Spend a day with Pip Hall (One Lane Bridge, Jonah, Why Does Love?) as she guides participants through her process when developing story ideas for TV series.

Throughout the day Pip will look at character and character function, theme and story engine as well as constructing an outstanding pilot script and pitch document. This workshop will be craft based and combines practical elements, presented content, group work, discussion and case studies.

Promising to be both interactive and engaging, this is a terrific opportunity to spend a day focusing on your craft as a writer. You’ll be working on your ideas as well as taking notes, so bring your notepad or preferred writing device.


When: 9am – 5pm, Saturday 4th November 2023
Where:H D Skinner Annex, 361 Great King Street North, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016. The room for the workshop is upstairs.
Wheelchair access is available. If you require special assistance, please let us know. 

Cost: General Admission $30 (incl. GST & Booking Fee) via Humanitix.

Who is it for? Anyone 17+ currently working on a story idea for the screen. This workshop would be particularly beneficial for those writing for TV Series and will be a mix of teaching and writing exercises.

What to bring? Please bring a new or existing idea to work on. Also a notebook & pen or note-taking device, a water bottle and your lunch. Script to Screen will provide snacks, tea and coffee. There are café’s in the area if you prefer to buy your lunch.

Travel Grants Available for residents of Otago and Southland: Film Otago Southland will provide up to 5 travel grants of up to $100 each for participants who reside outside of the Dunedin City Council boundaries and have their permanent residence in the Otago or Southland region. The grants are allocated on a first-in basis. Please get in touch with Film Otago Southland Coordinator Stefan Roesch via email to secure your travel grant: stefan.roesch@dcc.govt.nz


ABOUT PIP HALL

 

 

Pip Hall is an award-winning scriptwriter and playwright. She works extensively in television as a creator, writer, developer, story liner, script consultant and executive producer.  She has written over forty million dollars’ worth of content including three series of One Lane Bridge, Why Does Love, Runaway Millionairesand The Brokenwood Mysteries.

“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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This workshop is made possible with the support of the Dunedin City Creative Communities Scheme, Dunedin City Council, Film Otago Southland, Film Dunedin and New Zealand Film Commission.

 

Spend a day with James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse, Whina) as he guides participants through his approach to screenwriting and developing story ideas for film.

Throughout the day James will look at what makes a great story, discuss the stages of development, the fundamentals of character creation and connecting character to story. He’ll also explore structure and how this can continue to take shape throughout development and how all these elements combine and contribute to ‘the larger truth’ of your story. James will also devote some time to talk about career progression and approaches to developing your own work.

Promising to be both interactive and engaging, this is a terrific opportunity to spend a day focusing on your craft as a writer. Bring a notebook or device and be ready to take notes.


Who is it for: Anyone 17+ with a story idea they want to develop into a film script.

When:  Saturday 21st October, 9am – 5pm
Where: Grey Lynn Library Hall, 474 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021
Wheelchair access is available. If you require special assistance, please let us know. 

Cost: General Admission $28.00 (incl. GST) via Humanitix.

What to bring: Notebook & pen or note-taking device, water bottle and lunch. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. 1hr lunch break – cafes within walking distance.

Parking: Limited parking is available, allow adequate time to find a park; using public transport is recommended.

Post Workshop: After the workshop, you are invited to relocate (location TBC) to socialise. Snacks are provided by Script to Screen, and buy your own drinks.


ABOUT JAMES NAPIER ROBERTSON

Headshot of James Napier Robertson (Screenwriter and Director)

 

James Napier Robertson is a New Zealand filmmaker.  His 2014 film The Dark Horse was nominated for over 50 awards around the world and won over 30, Variety stating it “exceptional…the most deserving cinematic export to emerge from New Zealand in years” and the RNZ Film Review declaring it “one of the greatest New Zealand films ever made.”  The Dark Horse won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards. It was released theatrically in the United States in 2016, where it was presented by James Cameron, and in late 2016 was formally screened at the White House for then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2018, Napier Robertson wrote and directed two episodes of Australian mini-series Romper Stomper, which won Most Outstanding Miniseries at the 2018 Logie Awards. In 2019 he worked on BBC mini-series The Luminaries, and in 2020 worked on Dame Whina Cooper biopic, Whina. His latest film, Joika, a ballet drama set in Russia starring Talia Ryder and Diane Kruger, premiered as the Closing Film for the prestigious Festival du cinéma Américain de Deauville in France and is set to be released in theatres globally in early 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from Creative Communities and New Zealand Film Commission

   

“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.


ABOUT OUR PANEL

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. 

                   

Whether you’re new to filmmaking or have worked in the industry for a while and aspire to tell your stories on the screen, this workshop will guide you in your next steps.

Fresh from the release of Far North, David White will be visiting Queenstown for this one-off workshop in September. Learn how to take your film idea through development, from a 1-pager to a dynamic and compelling script. David will draw on his experience, sharing and discussing how one of his projects went from the initial idea, was then developed into a short film, and subsequently reworked into a feature. He will also discuss the importance of collaboration and how to attract the right creative and producing partners to your project.

Come along to progress your feature or short film project. The passion that drives you to create will be invigorated, and you will leave with new knowledge and ideas to further develop your stories.

Testimony David White Workshop 2021 

“His advice and insights were so practical and specific and spoke to the way the industry operates beyond just what works on the page and how to transfer it to the screen. I feel better equipped to approach my work.” 

“Unique insight into the filmmaking process.” 


Who is it for:
Anyone interested in developing their short or feature film project

When & Where:
Saturday 16th September 2023
9:00am – 5:00pm – Workshop

Puawai at Te Atamira
Building 11, Dart House, Remarkables Park Town Centre 12 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300

Wheelchair Access is available. If you require special assistance, please let us know. 

Cost: General Admission $25 (incl. GST)  via Humantix

What to Bring: Please bring a pen, paper. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.


ABOUT DAVID WHITE

 

David White – Director, Producer, Writer. 

David White has produced and directed a substantial body of documentary and drama work that has enjoyed considerable national and international success, among them Meat, Shihad: Beautiful Machine, I Kill, Little Criminals, The Cleanest Pig and This Town. His work has screened at over 50 film festivals including Sundance, AFI, SXSW, SilverDocs, Tribeca, MIFF, TRUE/FALSE, Clermont Ferrand and has been commissioned and screened on networks such as BBC, Paramount +, Sky, Sundance Now, TVNZ and PRIME TV.

He was the first New Zealander to be shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor (documentary) for his film I Kill. His documentary Little Criminals (2015) aired on PRIME TV to strong ratings and critical acclaim along with of Decades In Colour (2017 – PRIME TV) for Greenstone.

Meat(2017) Executive Produced by Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man / Cave of Forgotten Dreams) opened to 4 star reviews and sell out audiences throughout NZ and was released on multiple NZME platforms. MEAT is sold by MPI Media Group and has sold globally.
David’s (writer/director/producer) debut comedy film This Town (in association with South Pacific Pictures) staring Robyn Malcolm, Rima Te Wiata, and himself as the main character was both number one at the NZ theatrical box office for 21days straight and was critically acclaimed. Sales by FILM SALES COMPANY in New York.
This Town was developed at the prestigious Venice Biennale College – Cinema of which only 12 teams are selected from a world wide call each year.

He has just a 6part True Crime mini series – Far North, which he created, wrote, directed and is an Executive Producer. Staring Robyn Malcolm and Temerua Morrison, it has already sold to New Zealand, Australia and North America. Rest of World Sales will be handled by All3Media.
David is represented by Stacey Testro International and CAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This workshop is presented by Script to Screen and supported by Film Otago Southland,
Queenstown Lakes District Council Film OfficeCentral Lakes Art Support Scheme,
Queenstown Lakes Council Creative Communities.


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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.


ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

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.

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