Tag Archive for: film

Written and directed by DEGANZ member Andrew Blackman, Terminal Lake is a film about survival in these uncertain times. To help bring it to life, the team have launched a Boosted campaign.

Starring Jordan Mooney (The Panthers, Westside), Terminal Lake is a metaphor for the chaos in the world right now. It follows a nameless man desperately searching a desert for water to ask a burning question: is there hope on our horizon? Andrew feels very strongly about the themes in the movie, “It is a self-reflexive exploration of our collective anxieties, hopes and dreams, with sparks of loose freeform psychedelia and a sense of black comedy”.

The film will shoot in beautiful, yet hostile, Te Onetapu and the funds raised will cover the cost of production, including paying the crew fairly, travel, food and accommodation, and keeping everyone safe on location in the desert.

Head here to donate.

Good luck to Andrew and the team!

Teaser for Terminal Lake

View from the Top banner

I’ve been at three screen events in the last week where people close by are sniffing, coughing and doing it without masks.

Why are they even there?!

At our events and many others, organisers ask for people who have COVID-like symptoms, which include those of colds and flu, to stay home. They absolutely should.

Nearly all of us are contractors. If we get sick and have to take days off, we go unpaid. Those people who turn up to events showing symptoms are selfishly impacting on all of us, even though they may think they are no longer infectious.

We now have a new COVID variant to contend with and cases are on the rise. The Government is about to announce measures to try and alleviate the increase in infection numbers and hospitalisation cases. Things are getting worse again, people.

I had one friend recently who caught the flu. He said it’s the sickest he’s ever been in his life. I said he should have gone to hospital.

It’s obvious though that the general public, and that includes many of us, have become increasingly lackadaisical when it comes to COVID prevention. People aren’t wearing proper masks in public places, and those who wear masks under their chins or just covering their mouths are only doing one thing—contributing to the pile of PPE waste. Thankfully, our COVID protocols on set are being strictly managed on professional productions. If they weren’t, producers would likely run out of crew to replace those they are losing now in significant numbers.

Every individual has the right to make a choice about their own health, but you need to be considerate and follow basic health guidelines that help prevent others from getting sick. Please:

    • Wear a mask in public when indoors
    • Don’t attend events if you have symptoms
    • Isolate if you have COVID, a cold or the flu
    • Wash your hands frequently

I at least thank you in advance for doing this.


Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Paul Grinder was a long-time member of DEGANZ, and a highly experienced Assistant Director, Second Unit Director and later Producer. I would occasionally see Paul at industry events between his long stints working locally or overseas, on films and series including Spartacus, Power Rangers and River Queen here, Black Sails in South Africa and Colony and Lost in Space in Canada.

Paul passed away on 26 May 2022. His service in Tauranga was attended by family and a host of colleagues from the screen industry who held him in high regard. He is sorely missed by many.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Award-winning editor and DEGANZ member Luke Haigh has joined ARC EDIT, a boutique post-production company, for Australian representation.

Luke joins a diverse roster of editors at ARC. His editorial range in film, TV and commercial work makes him a “perfect addition” according to Peter Sciberras, a fellow editor on the roster.

The easing of border restrictions between Aotearoa and Australia has allowed Luke, who is based out of Auckland, the availability to work from ARC’s Australian studios in Sydney or Melbourne as well as remotely.

Congratulations to Luke and the team at ARC, it will be exciting to see your future work and collaborations. You can view Luke’s previous work here.

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.