Making The Rehearsal

Posted Monday 04 Jul 2016

Tuesday 26th July, 3:15-4:15pm, The Wintergarden

Script to Screen and the NZ International Film Festival present a special discussion with the creative team behind highly anticipated NZ film THE REHEARSAL, which enjoys its world premiere at the festival.

THE REHEARSAL marks the return of avant-garde director Alison Maclean to New Zealand. Alison reunited with producers Bridget Ikin and Trevor Haysom, and co-wrote with novelist Emily Perkins, to adapt Eleanor Catton's first novel for the screen.

"I want it to be an intimate, authentic experience of what it's like to be a young person in New Zealand now."- Alison Maclean.

Join us for a discussion with Alison MacleanBridget Ikin and Emily Perkins, as they talk to Philippa Campbell about adapting and making THE REHEARSAL. Hear them delve into the decisions made at each stage of the process to create the brave, modern film starring Kerry Fox and James Rolleston.

Tuesday 26th July, 3:15 - 4:15pm, The Wintergarden (basement level of The Civic), Free entry - no ticket required


Sat 23rd July, 8:30pm, The Civic

Tues 26th July, 1:15pm, The Civic


Born in Canada, Alison Maclean emigrated to New Zealand in her teenage years. She came to international attention when her short film Kitchen Sink was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and won eight awards at festivals worldwide. Following her success with two feature films - Crush (1992), which was an official selection at Cannes, and Jesus' Son (1999), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and earned Alison a Best Director nomination - Alison also directed episodes of Sex and the City, Carnivale, The Tudors, The L Word and Gossip Girl, along with music videos. In addition to her narrative work, she has co-directed the documentary Person of Interest, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Alison now resides in New York.

Bridget Ikin is an award-winning producer in both Australia and New Zealand. In a career spanning over 30 years and committed to producing quality cinema, her feature films include: Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table; Alison Maclean's Kitchen Sink and Crush; Clara Law's Floating Life; Sarah Watt's Look Both Ways and My Year Without Sex; and most recently Sherpa, which screened at NZIFF15. Along with her feature films and documentaries, Ikin has produced Art + Soul, Warwick Thornton's landmark documentary series on contemporary Aboriginal art for the ABC, and combined her producing with senior positions at the public broadcaster SBSi and the FFC (now Screen Australia).

Emily Perkins is the author of four novels, as well as Not Her Real Name - a collection of short stories. After graduating from Bill Manhire's class at Victoria University, Emily moved to London in 1994. She published her first book with Picador in 1996. She wrote novels Leave Before You Go and The New Girl, and had a long-running column for the Independent on Sunday. After returning to NZ in 2005, Perkins wrote Novel About My Wife (2008) and The Forrests (2012) published by Bloomsbury. She is currently a senior lecturer at Victoria University's International Institute for Modern Letters.


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Crowdfunding for Films Continues

Posted Monday 04 Jul 2016

WIFT members Jane Sherning-Warren (producer) and Carolyn Beaver (writer) are making a short film  ...and yes, they need money. Please join them on this huge and exciting journey by helping bring this script to life with some cold hard moolah:

If your contribution to their Boosted campaign gets them across the line, they will commence shooting in August. Please help and share !

All donors will be kept up to date on the project throughout development and production and if you like the FaceBook page, you'll get other updates as well

In recognition of your valued support, all donors will be acknowledged in the film's closing credits. Donations made by NZ income earners qualify for a tax credit of up to 33% from the IRD with a receipt provided by The Arts Foundation. That means if you donate $100 that you earned in NZ, you can claim up to $33 back from the IRD.

Boosted is an all or nothing crowdfunding platform, which means if they don't reach their target, the donations are returned to the donors. Please support them in reaching their goal so they can make a beautiful and meaningful film that they will all be proud of. Thank you whole heartedly for your support.