BSS - The Programme is LIVE

Posted Monday 28 Sep 2015


CASE STUDY: The Ground We Won - Check out this special session at BSS:

WIFT member Miriam Smith (and Chris Pryor) share the discovery driven process that shaped their poignant and confronting sophomore documentary THE GROUND WE WON.

The Ground We Won was 100% crafted from moments gleaned from people's daily lives, nothing was ever constructed or scripted - so in this sense it is a genuine collaboration with the community we film with, as we learn from these people and their world, rather than forcing our preconceived notions/perspectives on them." - Miriam Smith

Described as " a startling, ferociously intelligent, disturbing, heart-warming and hauntingly beautiful piece of filmmaking," THE GROUND WE WON has been critically acclaimed both in NZ and internationally - garnering five-star reviews and winning places at prestigious international festivals including Melbourne, Locarno and Warsaw.

Moving to Reporoa for a year to film THE GROUND WE WON, filmmakers Miriam Smith and Chris Pryor built an intimate relationship with the local community that enabled them to explore the central question of the film - "How do we prove ourselves to be men?"  Miriam and Chris honed their instincts around when to push further and when to pull back while filming their "characters", and brought a considered aesthetic view to the mercurial landscape of documentary-making.  In this session they discuss the full circle of their discovery driven process with fellow filmmaker Gaylene Preston.

Miriam's full biography.

Moderated by Gaylene Preston

Plus the full BSS programme is here! Check out the BSS website for the impressive array of masterclasses, case studies and discussions with leading practitioners from here and abroad. Whet your appetite - there is just two weeks to go until this major film event happens so don't delay - buy your ticket TODAY!  Go to



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Posted Monday 28 Sep 2015

Calling Producers, Production Companies, Filmmakers & Studios - spots are now booking for the 2015 NZWG Writer Showcase Day on 9 October 2015


- IN AUCKLAND for SWANZ & Big Screen Symposium?


  • - Writers to work on your projects?
  • - Stories/Projects by writers for you to develop?
  • - Creative partnerships with writers?

The Writer Showcase aims to match-up writers with industry members to build creative relationships, showcase writers' work - including spec scripts, props and treatments - and provide writers for existing projects.

INTENT:  To create a platform that will showcase exciting new projects and their writers, and writers looking for work, that will attract interest from producers, production companies, other filmmakers and studios.

Online Showcase - NZWG website writer profiles & project outlines
Showcase Event - Scheduled meetings between writers and interested and credited producers and production companies. This event is scheduled to coincide with the Script Writer Awards NZ the night before and the Big Screen Symposium 10 & 11 October 2015.

The appointments between writers and producers are co-ordinated by the NZWG Contact NZWG for details