Special WIFT NZ Screening & Filmmaker Q+A for The Drover's Wife

Special WIFT NZ Screening & Filmmaker Q+A for The Drover's Wife

Posted Monday 21 Nov 2022

We’re thrilled to be bringing you this very special event at Camperdown Cinema: a free screening of The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers — director, screenwriter, producer and lead actor Leah Purcell, and producer Bain Stewart.
Leah Purcell is the inaugural Māoriland Filmmaker in Residence; Māoriland Festival Managing Director Libby Hakaraia will moderate the Q&A.

The multitalented Leah has been nominated for this year's top four AACTA Awards (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards): Producer for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actress in Film, making her the first individual, female and First Nations practitioner to be nominated for all four at once. The film itself is up for 13 AACTA Awards.

Leah's screenplay for The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson was also nominated by AWG (Australian Writer’s Guild) for a 2022 AWGIE Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Leah Purcell is a First Nations stage and film actress, playwright, film director, and novelist. She made her film debut in 1999, appearing in Paul Fenech's Somewhere in the Darkness, which led to roles in films such as Lantana (2001), Somersault (2004), The Proposition (2005) and Jindabyne (2006).

In 2014 she wrote and starred in the play, The Drover's Wife, based on the original story by Henry Lawson. In 2019 she wrote the bestselling novel The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson, and then adapted it for the screen when she made her directorial debut. For her work, she has won several awards, including a Helpmann Award, AACTA Award, and Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury Grand Prize.

Purcell is notable for her roles in several television drama series, her most recognisable television role being her AACTA and Logie Award-nominated performance as Rita Connors in the Foxtel prison drama series, Wentworth (2018–2021).

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WIFT, Ngā Aho Whakaari members and Wētā crew free; non-members $15.

Date: Wednesday 23 Nov 2022
Location: Camperdown Cinema, corner of Camperdown Rd & Weka St,  Miramar
Time: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm sharp start


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Saturday 25 May 2024

Producing Travel, Adventure and Food Shows with Jon Kroll

We are thrilled to announce this special intensive workshop with Emmy Award-winning TV producer Jon Kroll including two guest speakers, for our Wellington members!

In this one-day seminar, producer Jon Kroll will take you on a deep dive into the world of international factual production. Jon has worked in more than 70 countries on shows like the Emmy-winning “Amazing Race,” “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,” “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins,” “Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper” and “Appetite for Adventure with Moe Cason.”

While making these shows can be both fun and rewarding, the execution of them involves unique challenges, including language barriers, currency fluctuations, permitting, equipment carnets, unpredictable weather, insurance, diseases, safety, casting, scouting and travel delays. He’ll take you on a journey from the first network country pitch to the final sound mix, and by the end you’ll be ready to take on the world.

He will also be inviting guest speakers Tara Williams’, the Vice President of Production at Original Productions, and Alexander Ayling, a full-time award-winning filmmaker, content creator, Youtuber, and television host, to share their wealth of knowledge inside this seminar.

Make the most of this opportunity!

Date: Saturday, 25 May 

Time:  10am – 4pm

Venue: Massey University, Wellington

Cost: Members $20.  Non-members $40. Massey Students $10.

 Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.  Bring your own lunch.

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Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.