Posted Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

New Zealand's video game scriptwriting guru Edwin McRae will present an interactive story workshop for non-fiction filmmakers at Doc Edge Lab 2014 this September. 

DOC EDGE LAB is an intensive two-day incubator with inspiring presentations from international non-fiction transmedia experts that will educate and influence all digital transmedia storytellers.

McRae joins key note speaker Ingrid Kopp, director of digital initiatives at Tribeca Film Institute in the US, and guest speakers John-Paul Marin, executive producer for SBS Online in Australia, and Brenda Leeuwenberg, digital strategist from NZ On Air.

'I write scripts, build worlds and design narratives for the Video Game industry. I'm an obsessive advocate for the role of story in video games and do whatever I can to further the maturation of the art of interactive storytelling. I'm becoming extremely interested in the non-fiction space, exploring the power of video games for learning,' says McRae.

McRae is currently lead narrative designer at Grinding Gear Games which picked up 'Best PC Game of the Year 2013' awards from Gamespot and Powerplay PC.  He started out in 2007 writing for the television industry, working as a script and storyliner for Shortland Street.

DOC EDGE LAB covers topics including how interactive and multi-platform storytelling is changing the art of documentary cinema, where it's heading, why and when it's important for non-fiction filmmakers to consider interactive ideas, how to develop ideas, the power of documentary games and how to reach a global audience. The experts will also offer in-depth case studies of groundbreaking work, round-table project discussions and, for selected project teams, one-on-one mentorship and guidance.

DOC EDGE LAB 2014 will run on 15 and 16 September at Auckland University of Technology. Applications close 4pm, Friday 22 August 2014. Selected participants will be announced on August 29 2014. For information on the application process, go to:

Documentary Edge is run by Documentary New Zealand Trust, a not-for-profit charitable organisation leading the documentary industry by inspiring the creative, business and wider communities to celebrate documentary storytelling. The Trust's activities include the annual Documentary Edge Festival, Screen Edge Forum, DOCommunity and ongoing advocacy.

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Posted Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

From the origins of football in Germany to a Kiwi musician helping Germans rediscover their musical roots, the new look Goethe-Institut German Film Festival has a lot to offer. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 films (18 feature films and 7 short films) showcase very different facets of German life, both past and present, across a range of genres - from drama, thriller and comedy to horror, war and western.


The filmmakers represented are the new face of German cinema and their films, such as The Dark ValleyTwo LivesFack Ju Goehte, and Love Steaks, featured heavily at this year's German Film Awards.

For this first time since 2009 the festival will screen in Auckland and Dunedin, as well as Wellington. The festival will feature some special guests and exclusive events, including a Jazz Concert, a Yodelling Workshop, and a high-profile Panel & Workshop focussing on International Co-Production.


The Goethe-Institut are especially thrilled that Kiwi horn player Hayden Chisholm will be back in the country for the festival to celebrate the opening night film, Sound of Heimat, in which he stars. Joining him will be Sound of Heimat director Arne Birkenstock, music teacher and legendary yodeller Loni Kuisle (who also stars in the opening night film) and journalist, editor and filmmaker Maren Niemeyer, who will lead the Panel and Workshop events.


The German Film Festival will begin in Wellington (4-14 September, Paramount) before to moving to Auckland (11-21 September, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket) and Dunedin (25-28 September, Rialto Cinemas).

The full programme, with schedule, is available online at: