The Rehearsal Room in Wellington March 8

Posted Friday 07 Feb 2014

The Screen Directors' and Editors' Guild, and the Equity Foundation, supported by the NZ Film Commission, are pleased to announce a new initiative, bringing professional actors and directors together to practise working with one another on scenes, in a private and supportive environment populated only by their fellow professionals.

The Rehearsal Room will be a series of regular collaborative events. Auckland has had its turn - now it's time for Wellington: Saturday March 8.

Each time, an experienced and highly respected industry practitioner will act as moderator.  Actor and performance coach, Miranda Harcourt will moderate the first in each centre, with The Last Saint director (and Shortland St actor), Rene Naufahu, moderating the second session in Auckland on 12th April.

Says SDGNZ Executive Director, Fiona Copland: "The aim of The Rehearsal Room is to alleviate one of the key frustrations of directors and actors which is that they have so little opportunity to actually engage in their craft; to practise working together for their mutual benefit. Less than 24 hours into the launch of The Rehearsal Room, we already have literally dozens of registrations from people of all levels of experience." Copland added. "This is a great opportunity to bring dedicated people together to take control of their own professional development, to take risks in a supportive environment, and to learn a whole lot about one another's challenges and processes."

Equity Foundation Program Director, Phil Darkins echoed Copland's comments, adding, "To have professional organisations collaborating - working in harmony - like this, for the betterment of the whole industry, has long been the objective of Actors' Equity New Zealand. In time, we hope to include organisations that represent other entertainment industry professionals in this and many other professional development initiatives. This is a very exciting time for our industry." Darkins said.

The Rehearsal Room will run throughout 2014 in both Auckland & Wellington.

It is free to members of the Screen Directors' and Editors' Guild, Actors' Equity New Zealand and Ng? Aho Whakaari, thanks to the support of the NZ Film Commission.

Register here.

Contact: Fiona Copland

Executive Director | Screen Directors Guild of NZ


o: 09 360 2102




m: 0274 789 417

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NZ Indie-hit Comedy Webseries Flat3 to Screen in Auckland

Posted Friday 07 Feb 2014

Flat 3 the indie-comedy hit by WIFT member Roseanne Liang will show on the big screen at Queen's Wharf, Auckland for the annual Lantern Festival on February 14.

Say what?: FLAT3 Seasons 1+2 on the big screen, back to back
Oo! Where?: Queen's Wharf, Auckland Lantern Festival - it's FREE!
And when?: 7.30pm, Friday 14th February, 2014 (Valentine's Day y'all! What
better way to celebrate with your boo than with some awkward humour
by the docks?)
FLAT3 hit the small screen almost a year ago and the Auckland Lantern Festival is
making it big on the outdoor screen at Queen's Wharf.
Bask in the shadow of the cruise liners as the girls of Flat3 entertain you with
their bad dancing and worse dating tips! Not in person though. That would be
awkward. Although some of us might sneak there to see if anyone came.
Munch on delicious street food as you chuckle at their terrible life decisions!
Gasp in the glow of festive lanterns as the hilarious situations devolve into
smart but occasionally coarse rhetoric (please be warned that the Flat3 is
rated M - offensive language and sexual references)
The 100% local indie-hit comedy webseries recently received funding from New
Zealand on Air, and will be shooting their 3rd and final webseries later in 2014.
More info about Flat3:
Sometimes smart, often silly, a little rude and a lot awkward, Flat3 is a Kiwi comedy
with a unique cultural take. It follows three Kiwi-Asian girls living together in Mt
Albert -Lee, Jessica, and Perlina -as they try to figure out who they are, what they're
doing in this life, and whose turn it is to buy toilet paper.
Flat3 is the latest offering from writer/director Roseanne Liang (Banana in a Nutshell;MyWeddingandOtherSecrets)
Flat3 stars, and is co-produced by JJ Fong (Go Girls;StepDave)
Flat3 also stars, and is co-produced by Perlina Lau and Ally Xue.
Flat3 Season2 is produced by Kerry Warkia (AucklandDaze)
"We started out making this on our own. We wanted to make something that was
funny to us, first and foremost. We were also surprised to notice that we were all
Asian women, but decided it would be better to gloss over that bit, and just try to be
Arguably one of the vanguard of NZ's indie-webseries renaissance, Flat3 is a lo-fi
local take on comedies like Sex and the City and HBO's Girls-a hilarious snapshot
of life as a girl, as a young person, and as an Asian in cosmopolitan NZ.
JJ Fong 021 871 640 or Roseanne Liang 021 302 278