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The Boosted crowdfunding campaign for Bottle Money is well underway with just under a month to go! Writer/director Rebekah Tyler (DEGANZ) is at the heart of the project, seeking $15,000 to help cover production costs.

Bottle Money takes the viewer inside the world of Nelson, a young man forced to care for siblings Leroy and Ramona, due to the erratic behaviour of their alcoholic mother. The short drama, based in the kitchen-sink realism style, will be a realistic ‘slice of life’ with sensitive themes. Yet, at its heart will reflect the idea that love is the most important element of a child’s well-being.

After being in development for three years–narrowly missing out on funding for the 2021 NZFC Fresh Shorts programme–the Bottle Money team is committed to telling this story. Donations gained will go towards production costs during the shoot as well as post-production.

Set to be a strong contender for multiple international film festivals, your support is needed to help get Bottle Money made. To donate, visit the boosted website.

Good luck to Rebekah and the rest of the Bottle Money team!

Film Construction’s Perry Bradley (DEGANZ) has been nominated for the Best Direction category at Australia’s 43rd AWARD Awards.

The nomination is for his work on NZ Blood campaign Unseen Emergencies, which details the need for blood supply and the importance of donating. New Zealander Alex O’Shaughnessy is also a finalist for Best Editing on the campaign. 

The AWARD Awards attract over 2,000 entries in the following categories: Advertising, Design, Craft, Film & Entertainment, Purpose, Innovation, Media & Planning. The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association hosts the annual ceremony to celebrate and support the creative industries. It will take place in Sydney on May 20th.

Here is the complete list of finalists. All the best to Perry and the other Kiwi nominees.

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.

Crime thriller short, MUNKIE, is having its online premiere at Short of the Week on March 25. Directed and edited by DEGANZ board member Steven Chow, MUNKIE follows a daughter’s violent plan of revenge against her overbearing parents as it spins out of control.

MUNKIE screened across the world at various film festivals such as Fantasia, Boston Underground, NZIFF and San Diego, where it won Audience Choice Short. The short film is finally arriving online and will be available on Short of the Week from 3am NZDT tomorrow. Check out the MUNKIE Instagram page for behind the scenes insights and more details.

Congratulations to Steven and the team behind MUNKIE.

Production company Eight has welcomed Charlotte Evans (DEGANZ) to its list of directors.

A recent top finalist at the 2022 Clipped Music Video Awards with her MV for Benee’s Happen To Me, Charlotte is continuing her commercial work with Eight. Outlined on the mad-daily website, she spoke of her move to the production house:

“I’m looking forward to pushing my creative boundaries on commercial projects with them and creating a body of work that we can all be proud of.”

Charlotte started her career in London working as an assistant editor. After 14 years in editing, she moved into the directorial space. She has since gone on to make several award-winning projects both overseas and here in New Zealand.

She joins other DEGANZ members Jamie Lawrence and Josh Frizzell at Eight.

Congratulations Charlotte, we are looking forward to seeing your future work.