Housebound: Special NZIFF Writers' Room Presentation

Posted Monday 14 Jul 2014

TUESDAY 29 JULY, WINTERGARDEN AT THE CIVIC, 7:30-8:30pm, FREE

"Housebound manages to balance consistent, fantastic comedy with a properly eerie mystery and what should be a star-making turn from lead Morgana O'Reilly." Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria

With so many elements to juggle to get a film to shine, it's a feat when a low-budget first feature gels. Escalator funded horror-comedy  Housebound has been hailed as a remarkable accomplishment by US reviewers after its SXSW festival debut earlier this year, where it was praised for freshness of voice, strong performances, carefully handled script, and the perfect dose of NZ's dry humour. (And Matt Weiner asked to see a copy of the film)

Join us for a special NZ International Film Festival Writers' Room as Housebound's writer, director and editor  Gerard Johnstone (The Jaquie Brown Diaries) and producer  Luke Sharpe (The Jaquie Brown Diaries) talk to filmmaker Jackie Van Beek (Go the Dogs) about the challenges of writing and making this stellar debut feature.

Tues 29 August, The Wintergarden (Civic Theatre), 7pm drinks, 7:30-8:30pm discussion, free.

Housebound screens at the Civic in Auckland at the New Zealand International Film Festival on Sat 26 July at 9pm. We strongly suggest you see the film as there will be spoilers!  Book your tickets to see the film here

See a clip of the film here

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New research shows "traditional" media still prevails

Posted Monday 14 Jul 2014

Good news for WIFT members who work in traditional broadcast media - new research commissioned by NZ On Air confirms the majority of New Zealanders are still consuming linear television and live radio - every day. Don't get complacent though, because music audiences and the young are leading the charge to digital platforms.

In the first independent, publicly available New Zealand research across media types, Colmar Brunton surveyed 1,400 New Zealanders aged 15-plus in April this year about what media they consumed "yesterday."

The survey found 83% of respondents watched live television daily, while 67% listened to live radio and both for a considerable amount of time each day - more than any other media

12% of viewers used one of the broadcasters' On Demand websites to watch a broadcast programme when it suited them, while 6% use overseas online TV sites such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu.

Predictably, it's among the younger generation that the online move is most obvious. While 76% of 15 - 24 year olds watched linear television daily, 66% also watched videos online (Youtube or Vimeo) the previous day.

When asked where they became aware of new music, 60% of all respondents said on the radio, 36% said via streaming services such as Spotify, Youtube and Soundcloud.

Among 15-24 year olds the latter figure jumps to 67%. Newer market entrants Spotify and iHeartRadio have already achieved a weekly reach of 12% and 5% respectively.

Other online content such as webseries still have a small audience. This is an area NZ On Air says it will continue to take a close interest in, given the opportunities for innovation and experimentation.

NZ On Air intends to repeat the research at intervals to show trends over time.

The full research report "Where are the audiences?" is available at www.nzonair.govt.nz/research/