Posted Thursday 31 Aug 2023
Briar Grace-Smith is one of Aotearoa’s most prolific and celebrated creatives, writing poetry, books, scripts and plays. She also directed the second season of television series Rūrangi, which won an International Emmy for best short-form series.
She wrote, starred in and co-directed the screen adaptation of Patricia Grace’s best-selling novel Cousins (2021), which is only the third feature film written and directed by Māori women, following Mauri by Merata Mita in 1988, and Waru, the anthology film which Grace-Smith also co-directed.
In this conversation Briar will discuss:
Facilitator: Robin Laing
Producer Robin Laing is the founding president of WIFT NZ, and founding Chair of The New Zealand Film and Television School in Wellington. Awarded an MBE in 1993 for her services to the New Zealand film industry, Robin began producing films in 1985 with Mr Wrong, the first of many projects with director Dame Gaylene Preston. Robin was part of the producing team on Niki Caro's adaptation of The Vintner's Luck (2009), she produced The Heart Dances, the feature-length documentary directed by Rebecca Tansley that follows the creation of a ballet based on movie The Piano, and co-produced Poppy, directed by Linda Niccol, the first Kiwi feature to cast an actor (Libby Hunsdale) with Down syndrome in the starring role.
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WIFT NZ members FREE; Non-members $20, Students $10; includes wine and nibbles.
Date: Wednesday 27 Sep 2023
Location: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Time: 6pm drinks for a 6:30pm start