Kiwi films among the highlights at Sydney Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

Two New Zealand films driven by WIFT members are prominent in the latest announcement (PDF) from the Sydney Film Festival (June 8-17).

My Year with Helen, by director/producer Gaylene Preston and co-producer Catherine Madigan, will have its world premiere at the festival. Preston and former New Zealand Prime Minister/UN Secretary-General candidate Helen Clark will both attend the screening.

One Thousand Ropes, produced by long-time WIFTer Catherine Fitzgerald, also has a slot at the festival.


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WIFTers sleeping rough to raise money for the homeless

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

Greenstone Big Sleepout

Who are the stars in this photo, you might ask, and what are they doing?

They're WIFT members Rachel Antony, Tash Christie and Kylie Croft from Greenstone Pictures; on Thursday 6 July, they'll be sleeping rough as part of the Big Sleepout, to raise money for Auckland's homeless community.

As you can see from the screenshot above, these three women are among the top 12 fundraisers to date, and as a team they are currently at the top of the fundraising leaderboard (beating the likes of Vodafone, Microsoft and Auckland Council).

Rachel Antony, Greenstone's CEO, says, "As doco makers, we're in the privileged position of meeting Kiwis from all walks of life and all over the country and sharing their stories; it also means our eyes are open to the realities that many people are having a really, really tough time. We're delighted we're already halfway to our team goal of $6k - with some fantastic support from members of the production community - but we'd love to raise as much as we can before July 5."

We think they're doing a fantastic job - so go on, WIFTers, donate a little to their campaign!