WIFT Members Do Well in NZ On Air Funding Round

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.





Next Up...

Compelling Light, Sound and Movement

Posted Monday 03 Aug 2015

On behalf of WIFT member Shona McCullagh, we are delighted to announce that following the successful national and international tours of their ANZAC memorial work Rotunda, The New Zealand Dance Company is in top gear launching its third season of contemporary dance, Lumina, premiering at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland 19 - 22 August 2015.

This is the NZDC's third season triptych of new works inspired by the intersection of movement and dynamic lighting design. Two New Zealand choreographer/composer duos and a Dutch choreographer present works in a programme of compelling light, sound and movement.

Three dynamic choreographer/composer teams, who speak fervently of cultural transformation spearhead Lumina, created in co-production with the prestigious Holland Dance Festival.

Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngai Tahu), winner of the Harriet Friedlander Award 2014 and world-renowned composer and AV designer Paddy Free (Pitch Black) explore the state of liminality. Drawing from Maori myth and contemporary urban experience, the world premiere of their work In Transit is a richly layered collaboration.

Malia Johnston's new work, Brouhaha, devised with her long standing creative partnership team of composer Eden Mullholland and AV designer Rowan Pearce create a bold, loud and rich world in which dancers are explorers of colour and artful transmitters of rhythm, harmony and emotion.

The company's first international commission by Dutch/American choreographer Stephen Shropshire will create a trio, The geography of an Archipelago, in a dynamic co-production between The New Zealand Dance Company and the prestigious Holland Dance Festival.

Set and costume designer Kasia Pol (Mau Dance Company) weaves all three works into an environment that responds to each of Lumina's creative collaborators, lit by Jo Kilgour.