Script to Screen May Writer's Room

Posted Tuesday 21 May 2013

For Script to Screen's May Writer's Room will be joined by innovative US filmmaker  Jake Mahaffy, whose shorts and microbudget features have screened in A-list festivals all over the world.

His project War, which he wrote, directed and produced, screened at Sundance in 2004, and earned him a spot in Filmmaker Magazine's 2005 ' 25 New Faces of Independent Film'. He went on to make micro-budget feature Wellness, which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in 2008. His work has been called a "a textbook case of how a solid script and great performances can transcend the lowest of budgets." (Variety 2008)

Join chair  Cushla Dillon and Mahaffy as they delve into writing for performance on a non-existent budget, the relationship of the screenplay to directing, and break down the simplest elements of cinematic narrative.

Tuesday 28 May, 7pm drinks, 7:30pm start, The Classic, 321 Queen Street, Auckland, $5 koha appreciated

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FEMALE directors dominate the major categories at the 2013 Australian Directors Guild Awards.

Posted Tuesday 21 May 2013

At a ceremony in Sydney this month, Cate Shortland won the best direction in a feature film prize for her period drama Lore, and Rachel Perkins won for direction of a TV drama series for Redfern Now.

Jessica Hobbs' won for direction in a TV mini series for ABC1's Devils' Dust. Despite being a multiple AFI/AACTA Award winner, it was Hobbs' first ADG win. She won over Daina Reid (Howzat! Kerry Packer's War) and Ian Watson (Underbelly Badness Ep 5) in the category.

Shortland, who acknowledged the plethora of female directors, won in a strong feature film category featuring her husband Tony Krawitz (Dead Europe), Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires). (Article by MICHAEL BODEY)