Posted Monday 03 Aug 2015
First up some big dramas - featuring WIFT members Rachel Lang, Paula Boock, and Donna Malane.
1) A brand new 13 part drama series for prime time on TV One is Dirty Laundry. It centres on a middle-class family whose mother is jailed for money laundering - will they keep her business interests going to sustain their lifestyle? It is written and produced by some of our most experienced drama creatives, Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan and Stephen Zanoski.
2) A telefeature will take viewers into the world of New Zealand aviatrix pioneer Jean Batten. Jean will be written and produced by Paula Boock and Donna Malane, makers of Field Punishment No. 1 and Tangiwai. Written by John Banas, it will screen on TV One.
We also have WIFT members at South Pacific Pictures and Screentime who also received funding for drama.
WIFT members at two production houses are involved in new television programmes that help to bring te ao M?ori to broad New Zealand audiences.
Underway thanks to funding from NZ On Air are Kasey And Karena's Diplomatic Mission, 10 x � hr, Imagination Television for TV One and Waru, 8 x 10 mins, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt for M?ori Television Ondemand.
On the doco front we have WIFT members at Warner Bros NZ, The Gibson Group and Great Southern Television who picked up funding for:
Lost & Found 2, 10 x 1 hr, Warner Brothers NZ for TV3,
Street Hospital 2, 10 x � hr, The Gibson Group for TV2,
Shearing Gang 4, 10 x � hr, Great Southern Television for Prime
Well done to everyone who pitched for some hotly contested funds this year. Hopefully everyone can reach gender equality in the choice of cast and crew!
We look forward to seeing the results on air and online over the next 12 months.