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.

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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!

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WIFTers receive NZFC Women's Horror Short Film grant

Posted Monday 10 Jul 2017

Congratulations to Rachel Jean and Leela Menon, for being part of the two projects that have won a terrifyingly good opportunity.

The New Zealand Film Commission is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the Women's Horror Short Film Fund, who will each receive a grant of $60,000 to make their films. This was a one-off initiative aimed at giving women filmmakers the opportunity to make a genre short film.

Thirty-one applications were received, with six making a shortlist from which the final two films, Vaspy and The Rat King, were selected.

Vaspy, written and directed by Hweiling Ow and produced by Rachel Jean and Andrew Beattie, is about an expectant mother who suddenly develops strange food cravings after being 'stung' by her child's clickety clack wooden toy, Vaspy.

In The Rat King, written and directed by Hash Perambalam and produced by Leela Menon, a young musician is dealt an unearthly punishment after taking advantage of a young woman.

The two filmmakers will be mentored through the development process with the goal of having their films in production in 2018.

Read the full announcement.