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The Justice of Bunny King, directed by DEGANZ board member Gaysorn Thavat and edited by fellow member Cushla Dillon, has earned a spot in Rotten Tomatoes’ top movies of 2022. With its Certified Fresh score of 95%, the film ranked #32 out of the site’s 100 top-rated films of the year.

The film premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and has since made the festival rounds, screening in Australia, the UK, and America.

The Justice of Bunny King (2021) - IMDb

It follows the titular character Bunny King (Essie Davis), as she battles the system to reunite with her two children. When a familial confrontation leads her to take her niece Tonyah (Thomasin McKenzie) under her wing, Bunny discovers her troubles have only just begun.

See the rest of the rankings here.

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

Book now


Following the success of feature films Waru and Vai comes Kāinga. With funding through NZ On Air, Kāinga will be an anthology of short films led by Pan-Asian filmmakers that celebrates the experience of eight different Pan-Asian women as they navigate what it means to become ‘at home’ in Aotearoa.

The movie will be produced by Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions for RNZ.co.nz. It closes a  film trilogy written and directed by underrepresented female filmmakers in the New Zealand screen industry.

We are delighted that DEGANZ members are among the eleven female creative leads in this project!

Writer Mia Maramara 

Director Michelle Ang 

Writer/director Ghazaleh Golbakhsh 

Director Julie Zhu 

Writer/director Nahyeon Lee