A trio of winter releases to look forward to

Posted Tuesday 08 Jun 2021

A trio of winter releases to look forward to

Roll on July and August when there are three new feature films out with WIFT NZ members in the main credits! You can bet we'll be featuring them in the upcoming editions enews, but for now check out this trio of trailers to Juniper, Coming Home In The Dark and The Justice Of Bunny King at the links below.

The Justice Of Bunny King - writer Sophie Henderson, producer Emma Slade.

In NZ cinemas 29 July. 

Bunny King (EssieDavis) is a mother of two, a rough cut diamond with a sketchy past. While battling the system to reunite with her children, a confrontation leads her to take her niece Tonyah (Thomasin McKenzie) under her wing. With the world against her and Tonyah, Bunny's battle has just begun...

Coming Home In The Dark - producers Catherine Fitzgerald, Desray Armstrong.

In NZ cinemas 12 August.

A nail-biting thriller that tells the story of a teacher who is forced to confront a secret from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters take his family on a nightmare roadtrip. Based on a short story written by award-winning New Zealand author Owen Marshall, Coming Home In The Dark’s screenplay was adapted by James Ashcroft and his long-time collaborator, writer Eli Kent (Millie Lies Low). Starring Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell and Matthias Luafutu.

Juniper - producer Desray Armstrong.

In NZ cinemas 26 August.

Sam (17) has been on a self-destructive spiral that could lead to his death. He returns home from boarding school to find his wheelchair-bound English grandmother, Ruth has moved in. Ruth is an ex-war photographer with a lust for life and a love of the bottle. Sam soon finds himself profoundly confronted by her alcoholic wit and chutzpah. Their first meeting is awkward; their second violent. Things get worse when Sam finds himself stranded alone with her and her nurse Sarah for the school holidays. Both strong-willed characters, a battle of supremacy ensues, enabling Sam to embrace life again and for Ruth to face her mortality. Starring Charlotte Rampling (pictured below), Martin Csokas, George Ferrier and Edith Poor.



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New jobs plan for women coming

New jobs plan for women coming

Posted Tuesday 08 Jun 2021

Women lost 90% of the jobs that disappeared right after the Covid-19 lockdown. Now the government is writing up a plan to make sure the ‘shecession’ doesn’t happen again, writes Justin Giovannetti in The Spinoff.

"The government is drafting an employment strategy for women aimed at healing the deep economic wounds left by Covid-19 and making sure the next crisis doesn’t fall so heavily on female workers.

Approved by cabinet in April according to newly released documents, the strategy could be the first step in an ambitious national programme to reduce the social and economic inequity faced by New Zealand’s women, especially those from Māori and Pacific groups.

The economic blows from Covid-19 lockdowns fell disproportionately on women, with female workers holding more than two-thirds of the jobs lost in the six months after the pandemic hit New Zealand. A year later, unemployed women continued to outnumber unemployed men.

The overall situation for women is even grimmer in the wider context, which shows that their wages are lower on average than men and the burden of caring for people through the pandemic fell on them more often, both professionally and at home."

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