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Congratulations to DEGANZ member Jackie van Beek who has been nominated in two categories at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA) for her work on Nude Tuesday.

Jackie is nominated for a Best Lead Actress in Film award as well as a Best Screenplay in Film award for Nude Tuesday.

Directed by fellow DEGANZ member Armağan Ballantyne, comedy film Nude Tuesday follows a conservative, middle-aged couple, played by Jackie van Beek and Damon Herriman, trying to save a failing marriage with a trip to a new-age relationship retreat rich in sexual liberation and extreme nudity.

Jemaine Clement has also been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award for his work on the film.

The 2022 AACTA Awards will be presented across two ceremonies at The Hordern in Sydney, on December 5 and December 7.

Good luck Jackie!


Peter Burger

 The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Directors Toolkit Workshop with director Peter Burger. The workshop will be held on Saturday  21st and Sunday 22nd of  November.

 Peter Burger brings a wealth of experience as a multi award-winning director of television, film and commercials. He has worked on shows such as ‘Go Girls’,  ‘Outrageous Fortune’ and ‘The  Cult’, and has directed a number of acclaimed television features, including ‘Field Punishment No. 1’ and ‘Erebus: Operation  Overdue’, which were both nominated for NZOnAir Best  Television Feature at last year’s New Zealand Film Awards.

 Peter’s 2-day workshop will cover topics including:

  • How to best serve your story
  • Finding a good rhythm on set
  • Choosing your lens
  • Directing and leadership
  • Prep, rehearsal and shooting techniques for building characters and working with actors

What: Directors Toolkit Workshop with Peter Burger
When: Saturday 21st November, 9am – 5pm, & Sunday 22nd November, 9am – 4pm. Lunch and refreshments provided.
Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland
Cost: FREE for DEGNZ members; $100 for Non-members
Please email to samantha@deganz.co.nz a one-page cover letter outlining why you want to attend this workshop, a CV and links to examples of your work.
Application Deadline:
9am, 2 November 2015

On Saturday, four of our members took part in our most recent Rehearsal Room in Wellington facilitated by Miranda Harcourt.

Directors Collin Hodson, Sinead Lau, Paula Jones and Jess Feast received invaluable practical advice from Miranda who was also great at helping the directors rapidly connect with their actors.

A big thanks to everyone involved – Miranda Harcourt, the directors and the actors from Actors Equity who kindly gave their time.

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DEGNZ invites our member directors to take part in Equity New Zealand’s Casting Hothouse in an observational capacity. The Casting Hothouse is an opportunity for actors to work with some of the world’s leading casting directors on audition, accent and acting techniques.

The relationship between directors and casting directors is key for accessing and securing the talent you want, and the Casting Hothouse offers an invaluable opportunity to network with and learn from the best.

November 25 – 27
The University of Auckland
34 Princes St, Auckland


Matt Skrobalak, US casting director (The Good Wife, NCIS, Jane the Virgin)
Marisa Ross, US casting director (How I Met Your Mother, The Chicago Project)
Kerry Barden, US casting director (Still Alice, Dallas Buyers Club, The Help )
Tom McSweeney, Australian casting director (Terra Nova, The Family Law)
Nikki Barrett, Australian casting director (Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Hacksaw Ridge)
Stuart Turner, New Zealand casting director ( The Weight of Elephant, Nightshift)

Equity New Zealand and DEGNZ are offering the opportunity for our member directors to attend these workshops and observe the actors and casting directors at work.

Please register your interest by emailing samantha@deganz.co.nz and provide details on your availability from November 25-27.

On Wednesday night, DEGNZ got together with Ngā Aho Whakaari for a Collaborators Series event with Wayne Blair. The topic? Getting Indigenous Stories to the Screen.

Wayne Blair, an actor and director, is well known for his directing work on The Sapphires as well as Redfern Now, Cleverman and recently Septembers of Shiraz.

At the Collaborators Series, Wayne was open and forthright about his film-making and explained how telling Indigenous stories is central to his work. He also spoke of how he feels fortunate to work with so many talented and Indigenous people in the industry.

Many thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission for supporting this event.