Linda Niccol on funding Poppy

Posted Tuesday 25 May 2021

Linda Niccol on funding Poppy

Securing funding was just one of many challenges screenwriter/director Linda Niccol faced while making Poppy, a movie about a young woman with an extra chromosome. 

Linda tells The Big Idea how casting the perfect Poppy, creating the right support for her, and ensuring the production stay on its very tight four-week filming schedule were also among the hurdles to overcome. 

“This was not your usual production. Scheduling required really experienced heads of departments. But we had a great team,” Niccol says. 

Fortunately Niccol's great script attracted top producers with good connections, including WIFT NZ members Alex Cole-Baker and Robin Laing.

The story is a warm but gritty and layered tale of a young woman’s search for independence as she tries to take control of her destiny. 

Poppy is about possibilities and capabilities rather than bowing to preconceptions," says Niccol. "It’s saying, if life hands you an extra chromosome, you’ve got to make it count.”

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Poppy is in cinemas Thursday 27 May. Go along and have your heart warmed! 

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WIFT members Black List-ed - but in a good way!

WIFT members Black List-ed - but in a good way!

Posted Tuesday 25 May 2021

A big congratulations to Yamin Tun and Anna Nuria Francino who are among the six New Zealand screenwriters to have their scripts selected as part of the Black List New Zealand Project (BLNZP).

The BLNZP is a partnership between internationally acclaimed the Black List and the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC). 

The six writers will take part in a professional development workshop and mentorship series hosted by the Black List with leading global screen industry executives heading up the panels and mentoring the filmmakers. They will also receive up to NZ$25,000 in NZFC development financing to complete the next draft of their script.

Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of the Black List said the talent the NZFC managed to gather as part of this submission process "was remarkable both in aggregate and at its highest levels. We're incredibly excited by our first Lab cohort and what the next steps will be with their scripts."

Bara - Anna Nuria Francino (above)

When her mother and sole witness to her existence ends up comatose, a mute recluse must brave the outside world to unlock her voice and save them both from a life unlived.

Hong Kong Story - Yamin Tun 

A Burmese family flung from their homeland to a new life in Hong Kong face statelessness in the run-up to 1997 - the British handover of the colony back to China. The family needs to find a new country to escape to, but they are torn apart by infidelity and mistrust.

Click here to read about the other Black List scripts