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On June 13, before its release in NZ cinemas, DEGANZ is thrilled to be hosting a Film Talk of Nude Tuesday in association with Rialto Cinemas.

Join us for what is sure to be an hilarious night with a screening of Nude Tuesday, followed by a Q&A with director Armagan Ballantyne (DEGANZ) and writer/lead actress Jackie van Beek (DEGANZ), moderated by comedian/actor Chris Parker.

The unique comedy, filled with eccentric characters and a made up language, follows a conservative middle-aged couple who are on a mission to save a failing marriage. The couple end up at a new-age relationship retreat rich in sexual liberation and extreme nudity.

When: Monday 13 June, 7pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

$14.50 concession for Film Industry members!
Standard Adult $20.50

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After months of waiting, the trailer for Nude Tuesday has dropped this week, capturing the unique comedy’s entirely made-up language and eccentric characters.

Written by DEGANZ member Jackie van Beek and directed by member Armağan Ballantyne, the film follows a conservative middle-aged couple, played by Jackie van Beek and Damon Herriman, who are on a mission to save a failing marriage. The couple end up at a new-age relationship retreat rich in sexual liberation and extreme nudity.

The movie also stars Jesse Griffin (DEGANZ), Jemaine Clement, Jodie Rimmer, Chris Parker and Yvette Parsons.

The film is set to release on 16 June in cinemas. In the meantime, watch the trailer below.

 

 

DEGANZ member Curtis Vowell is currently directing Seize Them!, a British comedy financed by Entertainment Film Distributors, which will handle the UK and Ireland release. According to Collider, the movie has begun principal photography in London and will take six weeks to shoot in Kent and Wales.

Starring Amiee Lou Wood (Sex Education), Loffy Adefope (Shrills), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) and Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton), the comedy is set in the dark ages and follows Queen Dagan as she is toppled by a revolution led by Humble Joan. Queen Dagan must face up to hardship and danger to win her kingdom back.

Curtis adds Seize Them! to his directorial filmography, alongside New Zealand movies Baby Done and micro-budget feature Fantail.

Written by DEGANZ member Jackie van Beek and directed by fellow member Armağan Ballantyne, unique comedy Nude Tuesday was recently labelled a hidden gem after being promoted at the European Film Market in Berlin.

The film 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.

Nude Tuesday goes further with its uniqueness by being shot entirely in a made-up language. It was then sent to a few comedians to add their own subtitles. British comedian Julia Davis produced one version of subtitles, whilst Australian comedians Celia Pacquola and Ronny Chieng produced another set. The film will be available with both sets of English subtitles.

Armağan told Deadline that speaking in a made-up language meant that the actors didn’t have to worry about getting their lines right. instead, they could “focus on the tone and emphasis of the emotional exchanges between each other”.

Moreover, in the edit, “We were able to speed up scenes we thought were too slow by literally just cutting out bits of dialogue, knowing that it wouldn’t have the remotest impact on the story” says Jackie.

Well done to Jackie and Armağan. The NZ release date for Nude Tuesday hasn’t been announced yet, but we’re curious as to what to expect out of its two sets of subtitles!

Shows Rūrangi, Educators and Homebound 3.0 promise entertainment and comic relief for Kiwis with funding from NZ On Air.

Rūrangi

The award-winning Rūrangi has been greenlit for a second season (5 x 22 mins) with recent funding from NZ On Air. DEGANZ member Max Currie directed and co-produced the first season, which tells the story of a transgender activist who returns home to the remote, politically divided dairy community of Rūrangi in hopes of reconnecting with his estranged father.

Season 2 will screen on Prime and Māori Television. Hulu picked up the first season for distribution in the US, among other international sales to Australia, the UK and France.

Rūrangi is a finalist in the 2021 New Zealand Television Awards for NZ On Air Best Drama Series.

The series was also cut into a feature film that screened at NZIFF in 2020 and the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, winning an Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The film recently took home the award for Best International Feature at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Educators

Returning for a third season is the hit improvised comedy show, Educators. Set in a secondary school, the show centres around the dysfunctional teachers in charge of educating the next generation.

Entirely unscripted and featuring some of New Zealand’s top comedians, Educators is directed by Jesse Griffin (DEGANZ) who also co-writes the storylines. Recently, we hosted an online talk with Jesse and Educators editor Stuart Boone, delving into their process of writing, directing and editing the series. The talk was recorded for the DEGANZ podcast so if you missed it, you can catch it online or wherever you get your podcasts!

Homebound 3.0

DEGANZ 2021 Incubator alumna Hweiling Ow is part of the team behind new comedy Homebound 3.0, written by writer/actor Sam Wang. The project won the South Pacific Pictures Big Pitch at the 2019 SPADA Conference and will now become an exciting reality produced by Kevin and Co for Three.

The half-hour comedy revolves around a struggling 30-something unpublished writer forced to move back home and deal with the disappointment of his Chinese parents.

Read more on NZOA’s funding decisions