WIFT member secures funding

Posted Tuesday 08 Nov 2016

Congratulations to WIFT member Tom Sainsbury who is one of the lucky recipients of the Vendetta/South Pacific Pictures feature film development fund.

Tom and his fellow creative were chosen from 170 entrantswho sent in ideas in response to the callout for dramatic/comedy feature films.

The successful creators are:

Tom Sainsbury & Chris Parker

Steven Page

Harry Watson

Miriam McCaleb

Rachel Jean, Head of Development for South Pacific Pictures says: "We were pleased to receive so many great ideas from all over New Zealand. After much debate, we've chosen four ideas which each stood out as having a succinct premise, entertaining characters, and huge potential for comedy - the main ingredients we think are required to attract our target of older audiences 55 plus and females aged 35-54."

Initial development will involve workshopping the ideas with the creators in a group setting under the guidance of Vendetta General Manager Jill Macnab, and South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin and Head of Development Rachel Jean. The seed fund will be used to support each creator to further develop their idea with a view to it being optioned and becoming part of Vendetta/South Pacific Pictures active development slate.

South Pacific Pictures and Vendetta Productions would like to thank all the applicants who applied.

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Kiwi Cult Classic DESPERATE REMEDIES Returns to the Civic

Posted Tuesday 08 Nov 2016

Impassioned! Unleashed! Hellbent!

Desperate Remedies Re-Premieres on November 28

Book at Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.co.nz there is a box requesting promo code. Write PASSION in that box and you will get 20% Industry Guilds discount.

Aucklanders will have a one-off opportunity to see DESPERATE REMEDIES, the New Zealand film from 1992 that remains unmatched for its flamboyantly sexy love-triangle melodrama and gloriously over-the-top interpretation of colonial New Zealand style.

The film, which has not been seen in cinemas for over 20 years, has been fully restored and re-mastered and will "re-premiere" at the Civic on November 28. Tickets to this glamourous black tie event are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.co.nz

The Re-Premiere will be attended by the film's producer Sir James Wallace; Peter Wells (who wrote and directed with Stewart Main); and stars Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Lisa Chappell, Michael Hurst and Cliff Curtis, who made his feature film debut in this film. The late Kevin Smith will be represented by his sons Oscar, Tyrone and Willard.

Many of the original creative team will be there, including cinematographer Leon Narbey and art director Shayne Radford.

The Civic, home of the original DESPERATE REMEDIES premiere in 1992, will be decorated with original imagery, costumes and props from the film as a taster of the "Remedies Redux: The Desperate & The Beautiful" exhibition at The Pah Homestead TSB Wallace Arts Centre Nov 29 - Jan 15.

The film is written and directed by Stewart Main and Peter Wells and was produced by James Wallace Productions Ltd in association with The New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand on Air and Avalon/NFU Studios.

The restoration of the film was carried out under the New Zealand Film Commission's Te Ahi K? initiative to preserve, protect and promote the best of New Zealand cinema. It was the result of months of work by Sir James and Wallace Productions' associate producer Grae Burton with the Film Commission's restoration team.

Proceeds from the Re-Premiere go to the Wallace Arts Trust and the event is supported by Auckland Live, Red Carpet TV and The Civic.

Described as "A delirious creation� Gainsborough on Acid" by Screen International, "Startling, voluptuous� witty sensual entertainment" by the Dominion and "Camper than a row of tents!" by Empire Magazine, the multi-award winning film took the world by storm in 1992/93 and made a huge splash in New Zealand and Australia.

Set in a town called Hope at the turn of the century, DESPERATE REMEDIES stars Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Dirty Laundry), Lisa Chappell (McLeod's Daughters) and the late Kevin Smith (Xena: Warrior Princess) in a whirlwind love triangle, made even more complicated by the sly machinations of a failing businessman played by Michael Hurst (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) and a sexy but devious opium dealer played by Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead), in his feature film debut.

Trailer link: https://youtu.be/7PKHmuLTTAI