Janine Sowerby’s WW1 script chosen for the Paerangi Project

Posted Tuesday 09 Nov 2021

Janine Sowerby’s WW1 script chosen for the Paerangi Project

Janine Sowerby is a full time city planner but still manages to find time to engage in her passion for writing. She is a published author who typically writes poetry and short stories but has decided to turn her hand to short films.

Son’s Return Home is the working title of the script that has been chosen as one of seven stories that made it to the next level of the Paerangi Project, a Script to Screen initiative. Funded by both the New Zealand Film Commission and Screenrights Cultural Fund, the development programme seeks to find and support “fresh, distinctive, and authentic voices across Aotearoa”.

Son’s Return Home is a powerful WW1 script about a soldier who comes to visit the family of another soldier whom he met during the Battle of Passchendaele. It’s a confronting story about grief, loss, and the inability to communicate one’s true feelings. Though set during WW1, the story has a great deal of application today.

Click here to read Screen Canterbury's Q&A with Janine about her film