Amy Street - Launches This Week

Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

WIFT members Viv Kernick and Kirsty Griffin are the powerhouse behind "AMY STREET  - more than meets the eye" that launches online Sunday September 4.  It's edited by fellow WIFT member Prisca Bouchet.

It's a series of eight short films  about nine special people  and life unscripted. It's a work in progress  - an eight-part documentary series, which centres around the lives of the residents of The Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust.

In a world where the self-called 'Life Stylers' are sometimes labelled by their disability, Amy Street turns the spotlight on the people instead of the label. Taking a real look at the colourful lives of the residents, and  their larger than life personalities. 

Each of the eight short films focuses on a different resident of Amy Street and explores their desires, challenges and relationships as they navigate a complex world.

Here is the link to the trailer on  vimeo or here it is on you tube

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Call for Applications: Drama Editing Masterclass with Dany Cooper!

Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Drama Editing Masterclass with multiple award-winning Australian editor Dany Cooper for up to 8 participants.

Dany Cooper is one of Australia's best-known and respected film and television editors. This year, she has completed work on U.S. film Measure of a Man and is currently editing Breath, adapted from a book by Australian novelist Tim Winton, and directed by Simon Baker. Her recent editing credits also include Holding the Man, Chasing Satellites, Deadline Gallipoli, The Killing Field and Puberty Blues.

Dany won her first AFI Award in 1994 for the film Angel Baby. She was again nominated for an AFI in 1997 for The Well and in 2006 for Candy, starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish, which also won Dany her first ASE Award. Amongst her list of accolades, Dany has also won an ASE Award for her work on Beneath Hill 60 and Oranges and Sunshine. She was also nominated for an ASE Award and won an AACTA Award for editing the 2012 film The Sapphires, which screened at Cannes, Melbourne, Telluride and other top international festivals. Internationally, Dany was nominated for a 2004 Emmy for TV series Battlestar Galactica.

The masterclass will be held across two days on Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 2 October in Auckland. Travel assistance will be available to some members coming from out of Auckland. Lunch will be provided each day.

All applicants must have a working knowledge of AVID edit systems.

Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100.
When: Saturday 1 October & Sunday 2 October, 9am - 5pm.
Where: Unitec, Auckland

To apply, please send your application in ONE PDF to with 'Dany Cooper Masterclass' in the subject line. In your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter stating why you should be selected.

Applications Close: Wednesday 14 September 2016, 5pm.