Niki Caro speaks out about Hollywood's shameful gender gap

Posted Monday 17 Apr 2017

Big ups to Niki Caro for drawing attention to "Hollywood's 'shameful' gender gap" in a recent interview with The Independent. Her latest directorial role, on Disney's mega-budget Mulan, has given her extra prominence in the industry - and as she said, "I look at the statistics on female directors, and now it's time for me to speak up." Check it out...

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Apply now for DEGNZ comedy workshop with Jonathan Brough and Declan Fay

Posted Monday 17 Apr 2017

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites WIFTNZ members to apply for a one-day workshop on Directing & Writing Screen Comedy with Jonathan Brough & Declan Fay in Auckland, taking place on Saturday 13 May.

Award-winning comedy director Jonathan Brough and acclaimed comedy writer/showrunner Declan Fay discuss the many ways to achieve comedy for the screen. Using examples from their recent shows, including their collaboration on Ronny Chieng: International Student, Jonathan & Declan will share their wealth of experience on making successful, memorable and distinctive comedies for the screen.

Jonathan Brough is a New Zealand director of film and television, now based in Melbourne. With over 20 years of professional experience, his work has screened at the Cannes, Edinburgh, Hof, Slamdance and Sydney Film Festivals, and screened on international TV networks, including Netflix. Recently, he directed the comedy pilot Ronny Chieng: International Student and the hit ABC comedy Rosehaven, which has been nominated for 'Most Outstanding Comedy Program' in the 2017 Logie awards and earned him one of his two nominations for 'Best Direction in a TV Comedy' in the 2017 ADG awards, the other for The Family Law.

Declan Fay is one of Australia's leading comedy writers. He was head writer on Sam Simmon's Problems, TV sketch comedy Fancy Boy, and co-writer on Ronny Chieng: International Student coming to ABC and Comedy Central in 2017 as a full series. He has directed a number of sold-out and award-winning comedy stage shows, which have played at the Comedy Festivals and Fringe Festivals over the years. He is also a comedian, actor, radio host, podcaster and motivational speaker.

What: Directing & Writing Screen Comedy with Jonathan Brough & Declan Fay
When: Saturday 13 May, 9am-5pm
Where: Kingsland, Auckland
Cost: Free for DEGNZ members, $100 for non-members

Visit the DEGNZ website for more details on what the workshop will cover and how to apply.