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The first episode of new documentary series Giants premiered on Māori Television last week and is now available to watch On Demand. Co-edited by DEGANZ member Anthea Ede Smith, Scott Howard, Kaz Miley and Tara Durrant, Giants is a seven-part documentary series that takes a look at legacy, whakapapa, and heritage through the lens of different migrant communities in Aotearoa.

The series tells untold stories from Chinese, Punjabi, Filipino, African, and Samoan migrant communities in Aotearoa. It explores the idea that immigrants ‘stand on the shoulder of giants’, building upon the legacy and whakapapa of their tūpuna.

Episodes of Giants air on Māori Television on Fridays at 9:30pm. They will then become available On Demand.

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!

Congratulations to our members involved in bringing Mystic Season 2 to life, as the eight-episode series is now available to stream on TVNZ OnDemand. David Stubbs (DEGANZ) is the series producer, while fellow members Aidee Walker and Caroline Bell-Booth directed on the latest series. Meanwhile, DEGANZ members Kerri Roggio and Peter Roberts served as two of the four editors on the series.

Mystic is an international production between TVNZ and CBBC reaching audiences at home in New Zealand, the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. It also received support from the Screen Production Recovery Fund and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.

Shot on location in Auckland, Mystic is an adventure story with a supernatural twist. Teenager Issie and her gang of horse-mad friends will not only have to tackle all the usual trials and tribulations of being a teenager but battle against new and unexpected threats to their beloved stables and local environment.

Production is underway for season 3. All the best to the team!

Documentary series Takeout Kids is now available to watch in its entirety on The Spinoff. Well done to DEGANZ members director Julie Zhu and editor Josh Yong.

The four episode series follows four young New Zealanders growing up in their parents’ restaurants or takeaway businesses. In the first episode we meet Rama, a 12-year-old who enthusiastically takes orders at her family’s Jordanian restaurant in the Auckland suburb of Kingsland.

Speaking to 1News, Julie states that she wanted to make this observational documentary series “to really showcase the variety of communities that we have here in Aotearoa”. She wanted to explore families who “run restaurants and showcase their lives beyond what is seen when people pick up their takeaways”.

Watch Takeout Kids online now

The Guild wishes to congratulate Michelle Savill (DEGANZ) whose debut feature film Millie Lies Low, will have its North American premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Mark Albiston’s short film Datsun, edited by DEGANZ member Luke Haigh, will also have its North American premiere as part of the Narrative Shorts Competition.

Millie Lies Low will play in the Narrative Spotlight programme and brings Michelle back to SXSW. In 2013, her short film Ellen is Leaving won Best Narrative Short.

The Austin, Texas set SXSW Film Festival (March 11-20) will be a hybrid event with an online component.