Our competition this week is for five double passes to the Cannes award-winning film Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, set in Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of H�lo�se, a young lady who has just left the convent. H�lo�se is a reluctant bride-to- be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share H�lo�se's first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. This beautifully calibrated and incandescent romance took home both Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Portrait Of A Lady On Fire will screen in New Zealand cinemas on 14 November, 2019.
Deepen your knowledge of the craft in this two-day workshop in Wellington, run by DEGNZ. Experienced director Charlie Haskell (pictured in action below) will provide a practical guide to emerging directors as to what the craft of directing is really all about. It will cover such topics as understanding the script, telling the story visually, inspiring great performances and running an inspirational set. There will be an emphasis on effective communication and how to get the best out of the creative team, and of course, how to deal with the ticking clock. Charlie has been a freelance director for the past 25 years, initially specialising in action as a Second Unit Director before moving on to drama. He has directed on a wide variety of local and international productions, such as Power Rangers, The Almighty Johnsons, telefeature Tangiwai - A Love Story and docudrama Pirates of the Airwaves. Recently, Charlie directed two episodes of the Danish/NZ co-production Straight Forward, as well as being lead director on Germany/NZ co-production The Gulf. When: Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 November, 2019 Where: Te K?hui Auaha (New Zealand Film and Television School), 65 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington Cost: DEGNZ members - Free, Non-members - $180 Be in quick - registrations close Friday 1 November!