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With so many DEGANZ members featuring in NZIFF, it can be hard to keep track of them all! Here is a complete list of our members’ projects and their screening times in Tāmaki Makarau (stay tuned for other regions):

Aotearoa’s Feature Films

The Paragon

A cosmic comedy horror where a hit-and-run victim learns psychic abilities to reap revenge on the car that hit him.

Director: Michael Duignan

Cast: Jessica Grace Smith, Michelle Ang

Sun 23 July, 6:30 pm / Hollywood Avondale – with Q&A

Tue 25 July, 3:45 pm / Academy Cinemas – with Q&A

Wed 26 July, 8:15 pm / Academy Cinemas – with Q&A

Ms. Information

While encouraging the public not to panic during the Covid-19 pandemic, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles became the target of misogynistic hate and conspiracy that threatened her professional and personal life.

Director: Gwen Isaac

Sun 23 July, 5:45 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre – with Q&A

Mon 24 July, 1:15 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre – with Q&A

The Strangest of Angels

A dramatic and moving interpretation of the contemporary opera of the same title. Inspired by the events and life of Kiwi writer Janet Frame, the film sheds light on mental health from the past and present.

Director: Rebecca Tansley

Wed 26 July, 6:15 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre – with Q&A

Thurs 27 July, 11:45 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre – with Q&A

Sun 30 July, 11:45 am / Bridgeway – with Q&A

King Loser

A career-spanning documentary that follows legendary 90s rock band King Loser on their 2016, farewell tour. The film offers an earnest and affectionate portrait of the band through rich archive footage and reflective present-day interviews.

Co-director and Editor: Cushla Dillon

Fri 28 July, 8:30 pm / Hollywood Avondale – with Q&A and gig

Sun 30 July, 7:00 pm / Academy Cinemas – with Q&A

Mon 31 July, 3:45 pm / Academy Cinemas – with Q&A

Grant Sheehan: Light, Ghosts & Dreams

A celebration of the life and art of avant-garde New Zealand photographer and publisher Grant Sheehan and his creative Artificial Intelligence (AI) explorations.

Director: Robin Greenberg

Fri 4 Aug, 10:45 am / Academy Cinemas – with Q&A

Sat 5 Aug, 11:15 am / Academy Cinemas – with Q&A

Red Mole: A Romance

An expertly assembled retrospective of the radical theatrical troupe Red Mole using archival footage, photographs scrapbooks, posters, and stage designs. The documentary considers the troupe’s romantic goals, tenacious performers, and tumultuous career.

Director: Annie Goldson

Editors: Annie Goldson, Cushla Dillon

Fri 4 Aug, 1 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre – with Q&A

Sat 5 Aug, 6 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre – with Q&A

New Zealand’s Best 2023

Sat 29 July, 6 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre – with Q&A

Mon 31 July, 4 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre

Daughter of God

When forced into an arranged marriage, an Iranian-Kiwi daughter must either dishonour her family or lose the love of her life.

Writer/Director: Maza White

Gate Crash

Heightened emotions of a school ball after-party paired with deft shifts in tone offer a new look into the teen genre.

Editor: Cushla Dillon

Hey Brainy Man

A group of evolutionary losers warns Homo sapiens not to f*ck up the world.

Co-Producer: Jaimee Poipoi (Ngati Kahungunu/Ngāpuhi) (Incubator 2023)


When a 57-year-old widow moves to Aotearoa from India, she’s forced to confront her grief by completing an ordinary ritual despite the extraordinary circumstances: quarantine.

Writer/Director: Pulkit Arora

Editor: Jolin Lee (Incubator 2022)

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts

Sat 22 July, 1 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre – with Q&A

Mon 24 July, 4 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre


An aspiring ornithologist must process the loss and grief of her grandmother’s passing while braving the Aotearoa wilderness alone.

Writer/Director: Douglas Brooks (Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāti Pākehā)

Screening with Features

Maunga Cassino

A Māori warrior, an Italian deserter, and a scrawny rooster are trapped behind enemy lines. What could possibly go wrong? This short is screening with the Australian feature film Sweet As.

Director: Paolo Rotondo

Fri 21 July, 12:15 pm / Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Sat 22 July, 11:30 am / Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Sat 22 July, 6:15 pm / ASB Waterfront Theatre

Wed 26 July, 11:00 am / ASB Waterfront Theatre

Thu 27 July, 6:15 pm / Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Fri 28 July, 10:30 am / Academy Cinemas

Aotearoa’s godfather of genre cinema, David Blyth (DEGANZ), returns with his new quirky musical docufiction, NIGHT FREAKS. The genre mashup feature is based loosely on his own experience of alien encounters and was filmed across the pandemic lockdowns on a shoestring budget.

The genre piece stars Yvette Parsons and Andrew McLennan and features guest appearances from Geeling Ching, Ian Mune, and Tom Sainsbury.

The film premieres on 1 July in Roswell, New Mexico, a town best known as the home of the first UFO crash site in 1947. NIGHT FREAKS will screen in the Roswell Daily Record Film Festival, celebrating UFO, Paranormal, and Cryptozoology-centred cinema.

This feature is part of a trilogy of David’s work that looks at tears in the fabric of everyday reality, along with WOUND and GHOST BRIDE. David is best known for exploring the taboo in his work and has a strong inclination for horror. He has been credited as a key director during the development of Kiwi Gothic cinema in the 70s and 80s.

Congratulations to David on the premiere!

Sneak a peak into the highly anticipated feature Red, White, and Brass, co-edited by DEGANZ board member Ben Powdrell.

The feel-good comedy is based on a true story and celebrates Tongan people’s passion and enthusiasm for their sports teams. When superfan Maka is desperate to score tickets to the 2011 Tonga vs France Rugby World Cup, he promises to lead a brass band as the pre-game entertainment. But with the game only four weeks away and no band in sight, Maka and his community must band together to support and show up for their team and themselves.

Featuring a stellar cast of Tongan talent, the film radiates good vibes with infectious māfana energy.

The film was shot in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, and will hit Aotearoa cinemas on Thursday 23 March before its international release.

Watch the trailer here.

What a horrible bloody year it’s been for the New Zealand screen industry.

Lockdowns interrupting domestic and international production here. Local films having their releases shortened or delayed. The New Zealand International Film Festival cancelled in Auckland. The LOTR TV series moving to the UK. Cowboy Bebob cancelled after one season. The list of woes goes on.

At the Guild, COVID has impacted significantly on our professional development programme, although we have managed to do some talks and workshops online. At least we have still been able to make progress on members’ rights, the Screen Industry Workers Bill, and the Reform of Vocational Education amongst other things, but it’s fair to say we, and I’m sure many others, are Zoomed out.

A lot of us have gone to the wall mentally, emotionally and financially in 2021. And as we close out the year we have the threat of the Omicron variant to prolong our COVID concerns. But as the US, the UK and Europe face massive rises in infection rates and increases in deaths, I believe we can still consider ourselves fortunate. Yes, some things could have been done better here in the face of this pandemic, but with our now close to 90% nationwide vaccination rate for those 12+, we seem to be in good shape to square off against the viral uncertainties of 2022.

Christmas and New Year are almost upon us and the festive cheer in some ways has never been more welcome.

It was any eye opener for me, having been isolated to the rural outskirts of Auckland for the last few months, to be in Ponsonby for Xmas lunch yesterday with the DEGANZ team. Aucklanders are out. Dollars are flowing into businesses and out into the regions, hopefully unaccompanied by COVID.

Film and TV production is back up, with crew looking to be busy as the year ends and through the summer.

NZFC told us today that a good bunch of our films—features and shorts—have had international success this year. Further, domestic production will be way up next year, thanks in part to the Premium Production Fund, and the level of international production spend forecast in NZ for 2022 looks set to match the average of previous years.

As you all hopefully take a restorative and enjoyable break across the weeks ahead, I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support of DEGANZ, whether as a member or collaborator with us in the guild’s purpose and activities. We couldn’t do it without you.

Meri Kirihimete!

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

The DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment Scheme is a new initiative giving emerging drama editors the opportunity to advance their craft through shadowing and mentoring from an experienced drama editor.

Emerging drama editors are invited to apply for our third DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment. The successful candidate will attach to editor Peter Roberts on feature film Juniper, directed by Matthew Saville, and produced by Desray Armstrong and Angela Littlejohn.

Since relocating from the United Kingdom, Peter Roberts has made his mark in New Zealand as an editor. Roberts found his editing niche at TVNZ, before a prolific freelance career saw him cutting a string of documentaries, shorts, and features — including award-winning drama The Dark Horse. In 2013 he became the first editor to be elected President of the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand. Peter’s other credits include Sam kelly’s feature Savage, due for release in NZ in 2020 following its world premiere in 2019 at the Busan International Film Festival; hit NZ – Aus. TV drama series Cleverman; telefeature Jean, helmed by Rob Sarkies; and Bryn Evans directed feature doc. Hip Hop-eration.

The DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment initiative is targeted at editors who wish to move into feature film editing. Its purpose is to allow an emerging drama editor to:

  • learn through attendance during editing, and later at director, producer and or funding body screenings about the critique and response process so vital to the successful creative collaboration required of the feature film editor.
  • get on-the-job feature-editing experience.
  • receive feedback and mentoring from an experienced feature film editor in a safe environment.

The opportunity for the attachment to get limited hands-on cutting experience is possible but entirely at the discretion of the editor, director and producers of the production.

This is a paid Auckland-based attachment and requires the successful candidate depending on experience and flexibility to start at the earliest in February 2020. If non-Auckland based, the candidate must cover their own travel and living costs. They are also required to be a Full member of DEGNZ for the duration of their attachment.

The duration of the attachment would be up to a maximum of 30 full days, but may well be broken down into a mixture of full days and half days. The first week is expected to be full time.


To be eligible, applicants MUST:

  1. Be a FULL member of DEGNZ
  2. Be fully competent with the AVID editing system
  3. Have some past dramatic narrative editing experience (does not have to be extensive)
  4. Be available to participate fully during the post production period, starting in February
  5. Most importantly, have a passionate desire to become a feature film editor

To Apply

Application Deadline: 5PM, Friday 17 January 2020

Send your application in a single PDF to admin@deganz.co.nz with ‘Editor Attachment’ in the subject line.

Your application must include:

  • a maximum 1-page letter on why you would like to do the attachment
  • your CV and filmography, including links to a showreel/video samples that illustrate your dramatic narrative work
  • a completed Editor Attachment Application Cover Sheet.

Download the Editor Attachment Application Cover Sheet

DEGNZ will notify you as to whether or not your application has been successful, but the decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into regarding your application.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

This attachment is brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.