TALKS series at the NZIFF in Auckland

Posted Monday 10 Jul 2017

Several WIFTers take to the stage to share the stories behind their films in the Script to Screen/NZIFF TALKS series (July 23-August 6) - a fantastic chance to get ideas and ask your own questions.

Gaylene Preston, Ainsley Gardiner and Katie Wolfe will talk about their films, and Leanne Pooley will chair one of the sessions.

Head along after each screening to hear firsthand from international and local filmmakers about the challenges and intrigues of bringing these much-anticipated films to the screen: MY YEAR WITH HELENMOUNTAINWARU and GOD'S OWN COUNTRY.

Entry to the TALKS is free, except for Waru: as that TALK is held in the cinema, you must purchase a ticket to the film to attend.

Check the NZIFF website for full details, dates and times. See you there!

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WIFT staffers hit the stage

Posted Monday 10 Jul 2017

Is there something in the WIFT office that keeps staffers active in theatre too?! Kate McGill, current doyenne of Monday office organisation, and Shoshana McCallum, who did that job previously, both have shows on in Auckland this month.


Following a successful premiere at Auckland's Basement Theatre, Kate McGill returns with WEAVE: Yarns With New Zealanders (July 14-16, Garnet Station, Auckland).

It's an investigation into the New Zealand character. Kate McGill interviewed, transcribed and now performs the people she has met from around Aotearoa; from the bubbly nurse from the Manawatu, to the first generation Kiwi musician, to the South Island farmer. Weave promises an entertaining and thought-provoking investigation into what it means to be a New Zealander.

Tickets $20. Get booking!

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Returning to the Basement Theatre for its second season, Looking at Stuff in Clouds (July 25-Aug 5) is co-created by and stars Donna Brookbanks and Shoshana McCallum.

A grandfather tries to tell the story of a taniwha. A candle debates with a USB stick. Two old fellas look at sheep. These lives come together in a provoking comedy looking at lives, relationships and fears in small town New Zealand. Delving into, then blowing apart, stereotypes, the characters examine their own personal taniwha. The show explores the tragedy and the hilarity of mundane reality in a series of short skits.

Tickets $15-$20. Get in quick!