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The highly anticipated Ka Whawhai Tonu – Struggle Without End is out now in cinemas nationwide! DEGANZ member Tim Worrall wrote the screenplay while current board member Te Rurehe Paki and fellow member Martin Brinkler ACE edited the film.

The action feature recreates the historical battle of O-Rākau, told from the Māori point of view for the first time on screen. Set in 1864 in Waikato, the film tells the story of a pivotal battle in the first land wars between Māori and Colonial forces through the eyes of two teenagers. Amidst the chaos and violence of the conflict, the two forge an unlikely friendship and take control of their destiny.

In an article with Stuff, director Mike Jonathan comments,

Making films about our past and especially the battles that happened, it’s about honouring those of the past and how else can you do it than making a movie to immortalise our tīpuna? […] It’s all about ‘ka whawhai tonu’ – to keep fighting, and we do that every day.”

Congratulations to Tim, Te Rurehe, Martin, and the rest of the team on the successful premiere!

You can catch Ka Whawhai Tonu at a cinema near you.

Poppy, edited by Jonno Woodford-Robinson (DEGANZ), has won the 2024 Cannes Écrans Seniors competition.

The feature follows Poppy Simpson, a young woman with Down Syndrome who refuses to be defined by disability and takes control of her own life. Her ambition to become a motor mechanic is stalled when her brother inherits the family garage business, preventing her from taking the apprenticeship promised to her by her late father. She then teams up with a friend from school who needs his car fixed to progress her plans.

Cannes Écrans Seniors is an annual film competition by the city of Cannes in collaboration with Cannes Cinéma. Poppy screened in a showcase highlighting films from Aotearoa and Australia and received the award from a jury of cinephiles headed by French director Emmanuelle Dubergey.

This accolade is another on the film’s long list of awards and festival screenings. Congratulations to Jonno and the team!

The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) has offered equity investments to two feature films with DEGANZ members Rebecca Tansley and Rouzie Hassanova involved.

My Name is Pati is a feature documentary with Rebecca as the writer/director and producer. The film will receive up to $865,638. The project is about “The remarkable story of Samoan brothers who sang their way onto the world’s greatest opera stages.”

Fellow member Rouzie is one of three producers for Mārama, a feature drama also granted funding of up to $2,420,000 from NZFC. The film’s logline is “1859. When a young, Māori woman is summoned under mysterious circumstances from New Zealand to North Yorkshire, she uncovers the horrifying truth of her colonial heritage and must destroy the titled Englishman who has devastated her family.”

Read more here.

DEGANZ member Loren Taylor‘s directorial feature debut, The Moon is Upside Down, is having its world premiere at the 2023 PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The film will screen in the First Feature Competition, a collection of first films of promising talents.

The Moon is Upside Down, written by Loren, follows three women as they navigate an unfamiliar landscape and the contours of the human heart. First, there’s Natalia, a duped mail-order bride. Then, there’s Briar, a numbed anaesthetist determined to have a romantic weekend. Last is Faith, an empty nester on an unexpected mission of mercy.

PÖFF describes the film as “a must-watch, a thought-provoking examination of connection, loneliness, and the unpredictable twists of fate.” It also praises Loren’s directing for blending humour and introspection, allowing audiences to connect with the characters, identifying with their loneliness, yet laughing out loud at their surreal circumstances.

Being selected for PÖFF is not to be taken lightly as it is one of the 15 A-list festivals accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Association, alongside Cannes, Venice, and other world-renowned festivals.

Congratulations Loren! We look forward to the Aotearoa premiere in 2024.

After being delayed due to covid, the NZ Industry Skills Survey has been released and you can complete it now.

If you are an employer and HOD, industry professional, or an emerging practitioner across film, TV, VFX, animation, radio (creating screen content), interactive, gaming and digital content creation, you can complete the following surveys to provide insight into your education, skills and training needs.

There are two types of surveys you can complete:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council and NZFC are undertaking this industry survey as part of a wider Workforce Capability and Development Plan for the screen sector in Aotearoa.

The Workforce Development Plan seeks better alignment between the Screen Industry and vocational training provision, with outcomes that will include a national, sector-informed workforce capability scan and advice to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) regarding longer-term investment in vocational education and training for careers in screen.

We encourage our members to have a say in this online survey.