Tom Eagles Receives International Editor Mentorship with Dany Cooper

21st March 2016

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) is pleased to announce Tom Eagles as the recipient of our International Editor Mentorship for 2016 with award-winning Australian editor Dany Cooper.

“I’m excited and very grateful to be selected for the mentorship. Dany’s great range of credits are evidence of a vast store of knowledge which I intend to plunder comprehensively,” said Eagles.

Dany has recently completed editing Holding the Man for Goalpost Pictures. Other recent credits include Deadline Gallipoli, Redfern Now, Puberty Blues, Paranoia and The Sapphires. Her international work includes TV miniseries Battlestar Galactica, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, Warner Bros feature Queen of the Damned and In Too Deep for Miramax/Dimension. She is currently editing Measure of a Man (working title) for Jim Loach, starring Donald Sutherland, Blake Cooper, Luke Wilson and Judy Greer. Dany has also mentored at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and held the position of President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild from 2014 to mid 2015.

“My aim as a mentor is to help the mentee develop professionally, provide advice and share experience and wisdom. Tom’s already well developed skill set, drive and sense of humour encouraged me to feel he would be receptive and would greatly benefit from this guidance,” Dany said.

Tom has a range of productions as an editor to his credit, including Go Girls, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and more recently, What We Do in the Shadows, Ash Vs Evil Dead and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

“Tom’s mentorship with Dany builds on the success we had with editor Cushla Dillon and her mentor, Justine Wright,” said Executive Director of DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu. “We are confident that Tom will further develop in his already successful career with the experienced international insight that Dany brings.”

The mentorship is an industry professional development initiative funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and managed by DEGNZ. The overall intention of the International Editor Mentorship is to inspire a promising New Zealand editor and demystify the international film industry. The experience offers genuine insight into creative process and engagement with the industry as a whole, while providing a solid platform upon which to build an international career.

For further information, please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu

Executive Director

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ                  021-659-950

Tom Eagles

Tom Eagles is an editor with a strong body of work that has screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Berlin & SXSW.

Tom has just finished cutting Hunt for the Wilderpeople, his third feature and second with director Taika Waititi after What We Do in the Shadows, co-directed by Jemaine Clement. He has also edited a number of commercials and award-winning PSAs for Waititi.

Tom’s TV credits include four seasons of Spartacus and now a second season of Sam Raimi’s horror-comedy-cult-classic-reboot Ash vs Evil Dead.

His editing experience spans short films, documentaries, music videos and web series.

Dany Cooper ASE

Dany Cooper has an extensive list of credits and awards for both local, (Australian) and international projects.

She most recently completed editing Holding the Man (dir. Neil Armfield) for Goalpost Pictures for which she won her fourth ASE award and was nominated for an AACTA and the Australia/UK co-production Chasing Satellites (dir. Jim Loach). Other recent credits include Deadline Gallipoli (dir. Michael Rymer), also AACTA nominated for editing, Redfern Now, Puberty Blues, and Paranoia (dir. Robert Luketic).

Dany edited the hit film The Sapphires for Goalpost Pictures (dir. Wayne Blair), which screened at Cannes 2012 and opened MIFF as well as screening at Telluride and Toronto. She received an ASE Award Nomination and won the AACTA Award for Best Editing.

Her international work includes TV miniseries Battlestar Galactica, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award; Warner Bros feature Queen of the Damned and In Too Deep for Miramax/Dimension.

She was nominated for an AFI Award for The Well (dir. Samantha Lang) starring Miranda Otto and Pamela Rabe, Candy (dir. Neil Armfield) starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish, Beneath Hill 60 (dir. Jeremy Sims) starring Brendan Cowell,(winner Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and ASE Award) and Angel Baby (dir. Michael Rymer), for which Dany won the AFI Award. She was also nominated for an AACTA Award for Oranges and Sunshine (dir. Jim Loach) starring Emily Watson for which she also received an IF nomination and won an ASE Award.  Other Australian credits include December Boys (dir. Rod Hardy, starring Daniel Radcliffe), Hey Hey Its Esther Blueburger (dir. Cathy Randall, starring Toni Collette), Australia (additional editor – dir. Baz Luhrmann, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman).

She is currently editing Measure of a Man (working title), for Jim Loach, starring Donald Sutherland, Blake Cooper, Luke Wilson and Judy Greer.

Dany has mentored at the Australian Film Television and Radio School as well as holding the position of President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild from 2014 to mid 2015.

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents Directors and Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors and Editors of feature drama and documentary; television drama, documentary and factual programmes; short films; video art; animation; commercials and web content.

DEGNZ’s two primary roles are advocacy and professional development. We:

  • are dedicated to promoting excellence in the arts of directing and editing.
  • foster collegiality and unity within the screen industry.
  • promote members’ creative and economic rights.
  • work to improve industry working conditions and remuneration.
  • offer professional advice and information on contracts and industry standards and practice.
  • offer professional development events, networking opportunities, career advice, dispute resolution, mentoring, workshops, training, discounts and regular news bulletins for members across all levels of expertise, from novices to seasoned professionals.
  • are a voice for Directors and Editors in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of the pan‐industry group SINZ (Screen Industry New Zealand), and by making submissions to government and public officials.
  • internationally work co-operatively with other guilds and we belong to the International Affiliation of English‐Speaking Directors’ Organisations (IEASDO).

DEGNZ is Auckland-based with an office in Grey Lynn.

Contact Details:

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

Level 2, 66 Surrey Crescent

Grey Lynn

P.O. Box 47-294, Ponsonby




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From his roots as an art student at Canterbury University, Paul Swadel began his almost 30 year career in film where he ended it – in education.

Best known for his trademark dark humour, Paul made international award winning films, music videos, commercials and television, notably directing the documentaries ‘Colin McCahon: I AM’ and The Big Picture’, the short film ‘Accidents’ and executive producing Christchurch earthquake doco-feature ‘When A City Falls’.

Perhaps Paul’s biggest legacy is in education and mentorship – Paul helped develop the Bachelor of Media Arts degree course in media at Waikato Polytechnic, whilst there as a tutor in the mid 90’s. During the 2000’s Paul was a short film ‘pod’ executive producer developing new director/producer talent for the NZ film commission.

Paul was also part of the team that developed ‘Headstrong’ one of the first ultra low budget feature initiatives, which produced the films ‘ The Devil Dared Me To’ and ‘A Song Of Good’.

Paul then stepped into the role as a development executive for the NZ Film Commission, and there developed the ‘Escalator’ low budget film scheme.

Paul’s final role was at the Media Design School in Auckland, where he was Senior Lecturer in film.

Whilst there he produced the multi-award winning CGI short ‘Poppy’ with long time collaborator, director James Cunningham.

There would be few professionals in NZ production who had not met, worked or studied with Paul at some stage over his career.

Paul passed away after a long illness, surrounded by family in his hometown of Christchurch. He was 47.

Paul is survived by his son Felix.

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DEGNZ, SPADA and NZWG members are invited to our Networking Drinks in Auckland on Wednesday March the 16th and in Wellington on Wednesday March the 23rd.

The Wellington event will also feature a talk in partnership with Grow Wellington. Steve Barr and Casey Whelan (BORN TO DANCE writers) will kick off with a short presentation about their recent trip to LA and Miami for the NATPE Conference, and will share their insights on emerging trends in film and TV, what’s hot right now and how Wellington is placed to leverage these opportunities.

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Come along to Networking Drinks with your industry colleagues in Christchurch. If you’re a DEGNZ, NZWG or SPADA member, swing by from 6-8pm at the Carlton Bar on Wednesday 9 March. Nibbles will provided. See you there!

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