Posted Monday 29 Jan 2018


We have a sci-fi film for you this week: Dr Julia Reynolds' Shepherd tells the story of Eden, a sixteen-year-old girl struggling to survive in a dystopian future. When Eden (played by Olivia Reynolds, pictured above) comes across an old tourist map she has been dreaming about, she's faced with leaving the only life she knows to follow the map. Watch the teaser below, or watch the film on the big screen (complete with a live quartet playing the soundtrack) at its world premier at the Hamilton Garden's Festival, 15 February.
Dr Reynolds recently joined SAE Auckland as Film Lecturer. She has worked in television, music videos, TV commercials, funded short films, animations, international web content, as well as interactive and virtual reality. She holds a PhD in Film from AUT, and has taught at the University of Waikato and WINTEC Media Arts School.

Watch the Shepherd teaser

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The celluloid ceiling is still in place, latest statistics show

Posted Monday 29 Jan 2018

Of the 250 top-grossing films, 86% had no female directors, while 83% had no female writers, according to the latest report by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Last year, only 1% of the top-grossing films employed 10 or more women in key behind-the-scenes roles, while 70% of films employed 10 or more men in such positions, according to the annual Celluloid Ceiling study, the 20th such annual report card, issued today by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. Surveying the 250 top-grossing films, the study found that overall, women comprised only 18% of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers. That number was virtually unchanged from the 17% who held such roles 20 years ago in 1998.

Read the report here