Ellmers new joint Head of Premium Productions Fund

Posted Thursday 04 Mar 2021

Ellmers new joint Head of Premium Productions Fund

Congratulations to Kay Ellmers on her new role as joint Head of Te Puna Kairangi the Premium Productions For International Audiences Fund, along with Polly Fryer.

Kay (Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Raukawa) currently Managing Director of Tūmanako Productions, is an award-winning filmmaker and past recipient of the WIFT Mana Wāhine award, and Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori Award for broadcasting Ngā Tohu Reo Māori - Te Ao Pāpāho. She has been a Consultant Commissioner Documentary and Factual programmes for Māori Television, and mentored filmmakers through WIFT's mentorship programme.

Polly Fryer has recently returned to New Zealand from a two-year stint in Los Angeles as Production and Post Executive at Netflix. Originally from the UK, Polly worked on various productions before moving to New Zealand in 2006. She produced Emmy nominated docu-drama The Golden Hour whilst Head of Production at Desert Road and in 2017-18 produced David Farrier's Netflix Original series Dark Tourist.

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Irirangi Te Motu New Zealand On Air (NZ On Air) and Te Māngai Pāho (TMP) announced the appointment, with CEOs Annabelle Sheehan, Cameron Harland and Larry Parr saying the decision to appoint Joint Heads was an easy one as both women share a passion and advocacy for New Zealand film.

The $50 million Fund supports Aotearoa New Zealand production of high-quality productions that tell New Zealand stories for global audiences.

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Six Angry Women to screen on TVNZ and at the Female Eye Festival

Six Angry Women to screen on TVNZ and at the Female Eye Festival

Posted Thursday 04 Mar 2021

A big woop woop! for Megan Jones whose documentary Six Angry Women has been selected for The Female Eye Film Festival, one of top women's film festivals in the world.

Meanwhile, TVNZ has scheduled Megan's 90-minute feature documentary to air on International Womens Day - Monday March 8, at 8.30pm.

Heres a brief synopsis of what Six Angry Women is all about.

In 1984, six female terrorists kidnapped an Auckland University Lecturer, assaulted him and chained him to a tree in a violent political action.

The event triggered debates about gender politics and vigilante justice that divided New Zealand and led to social change - including the introduction of harassment protocols at Auckland University, and fed rape reform laws. But the mysteries of who the six women were and why they attacked the man they did have remained unsolved.

With the resurgence of feminism and the rise of call-out culture, documentary filmmaker Megan Jones started to wonder if she'd missed an incredible story that was right under her nose. See, the man who was kidnapped was a drama lecturer named Mervyn Thompson and Megan's mother (and fellow WIFT member) Paula Jones - who was one of his students - was in the thick of it.

Three decades after the bizarre attack, Megan reopens the cold-case and tries to find out not only who the six women were, but what drove them to such an unprecedented action.

Megan's first feature-length production included her first drama shoot involving stunts, intimacy coordinators and Covid delays. It was produced by herself, Jill Soper and Sam Blackley, with associate producers Stacey Murdoch and Claire Logan, with cinematography by Nina Wells and Jake Bryant.