Eight filmmakers chosen for FilmUp 2015!

Posted Friday 24 Apr 2015

Script to Screen is proud to announce that eight talented filmmakers have been awarded places on their prestigious FilmUp programme in 2015.

Congratulations to S2S for achieving the perfect gender balance, though the last two years have favoured women!!  And extra congrats to three WIFT members in this list, Desray, Karin and Julia. We are looking forward to seeing the results from the programme.

Recipients now enter a rigorous eight-month programme of mentoring, group work, and wrap-around support tailored to their individual needs.

Six filmmakers have been selected for FilmUp Mentorship, and they are in the process of securing esteemed local and international mentors who will support them to take the next step up in their careers and creative practice. They are:

Producer Desray Armstrong

Writer/director Dustin Feneley

Writer/director Nic Gorman

Writer/director Asuka Sylvie

Director Curtis Vowell

Producer Karin Williams

FilmUp Script Development will run alongside FilmUp Mentorship and in 2015 producers Julia Parnell and Fraser Brown have been awarded places. Fraser and Julia will work with writer/directors Brendan Donovan and Aidee Walker respectively, honing their development craft and philosophy under the tutelage of story consultant and acting/directing coach Brita McVeigh.

FilmUp is made possible with financial assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Next Up...

Telling it like it is - an interview with Penny Chapman

Posted Friday 24 Apr 2015

Penny Chapman is one of Australia's most experienced television producers. Her recent
productions are Devil's Playground, which debuted on Foxtel on September 9
and Deadline Gallipoli, also for Foxtel and currently in post production.

Penny is also principal of Matchbox Pictures and a founding partner. Click on the link to

watch and informative and engaging interview with Penny in which she shares her

experiences and triumps and frustrations working in the industry. It's a story many

NZ WIFT members will find familiar!


Penny's other productions include The Straits (ABC 2012),The Slap (ABC 2011,
executive producer), the children's drama series My Place (ABC 2010 and
2011), RAN Remote Area Nurse (SBS 2005), The Cooks (Network Ten
2004), Temptation (Network Ten 2003) and The Road From Coorain (ABC
Penny's documentary productions include Sex An Unnatural History (SBS
2011, executive producer), Leaky Boat (ABC 2011) Darwin's Lost Paradise
(SBS,2009), Rampant: How A City Stopped A Plague (ABC, 2008) and The
Track (ABC, 2000).

During the 1990s Penny was Head of TV Drama, then Head of Television at
the ABC. During this time she executive produced many dramas including the
multi-award winning Brides Of Christ, which she devised, The Leaving Of
Liverpool and Blue Murder.
In 2010 Penny was awarded the inaugural IF Award for Contribution to the
Television Industry and in 2013 Penny won the Screen Producers Australia
Maura Fay Award for Services to the industry.