Jean takes off with nine New York award nominations

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

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The NZ On Air- and TVNZ-funded television film Jean, based on the life of Jean Batten, has been shortlisted for nine awards in the 2017 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

The New York Festivals Grand Jury selected Jean as a finalist in nine categories - Best Direction, Best Camerawork, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Design, Best Original Music, Best Visual Effects, Best TV Movie and Best Drama Special.

'I think that's a record for one production,' said producer Paula Boock. 'It's pretty special, and since we have no NZ television awards anymore, these international competitions really help in getting recognition for excellence and overseas sales for our productions.'

Made by Boock and Donna Malane of Lippy Pictures (who are also WIFT members), the 90-minute television film was directed by Robert Sarkies and starred Kate Elliott (pictured). It was funded by NZ On Air and screened on TVNZ 1's Sunday Theatre last September.

Here's the full list of finalists.

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Kiwi doco on Israel-Palestine conflict to screen at Belfast

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

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Big congratulations to WIFT member Sarah Cordery, whose documentary feature film notes to eternity has been selected to screen in the Documentary Panorama section of the Belfast Film Festival, 31 March-8 April 2017.

The film had a successful limited theatrical release in New Zealand in 2016, screening in more than 30 locations around the country. It is an impressionistic meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict, centering on the lives and ideas of four renowned critics of Israeli policy: Noam Chomsky, Sara Roy, Norman Finkelstein and Robert Fisk.

2017 is the 17th edition of the Belfast Film Festival. It's been described as "entertaining and provocative" and in many cases "providing an important platform for debate across the religious, social and cultural divides in Northern Ireland".

Sara Roy is attending the festival from Boston, and will take part in a Q&A after the film's screening.

Watch the trailer and find out more about the film.