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Filmed in Central Otago, Under the Vines is heading back into production for its second season after gaining traction overseas. This charming drama-comedy was created by DEGANZ member Erin White. Guild member Danny Mulheron directed the first block, while Erin directed episodes four to six.

Starring Rebecca Gibney (Wanted) and Charles Edwards (The Crown), the series follows two city dwellers as they navigate rural New Zealand after inheriting an Otago vineyard. But neither knows a thing about hard work, only their dislike for the other.

Co-produced by TVNZ and AMC’s (US) streaming platform, Acorn, Under the Vines has gained popularity internationally. The six-part first series was filmed in the beautiful vineyards around Gibbston Valley. All episodes are now available on TVNZ OnDemand.

Congratulations to Erin and Danny, and good luck to everyone working on season 2.

Our congrats goes to Tom Augustine (DEGANZ) who is one of five recipients selected to take part in the 2022 Tāhuna Writers Residency. The residency was created by Great Southern Television and the Queenstown Lakes District Council, with the support of the NZFC and NZOA.

The one month residency will include workshops with leading screen practitioners, accommodation and coverage of living costs. The writers will each develop a concept for a scripted drama series to be based and produced in the Queenstown Lakes.

Philip Smith, CEO of Great Southern Television, states how thrilled they are by the calibre and range of participants in their inaugural workshop. They are eager to take these writers on the journey and provide them with the resources and the insights to make their creative visions reality.

Port Chalmers Indie rock band Seafog has released the music video for their latest single title Influences. Directed and produced by DEGANZ member Dan Eady (pictured left), the music video features beautiful views of the Otago harbour and some of Dunedin’s iconic musical locations. A life sized Moa also stars, the costume courtesy of the Otago Museum.

Seafog comprises Robin Sharma, Nigel Water, Martyn Sadler and Andrew Barsby. Having met through Dunedin Teachers College, these longtime friends and collaborators have been gigging around Ōtepoti since the 90s.

Influences is the lead single on their upcoming album, Slow Death. Speaking to CMPNZ, Sharma says the song is a shout out to the Dunedin Sound they love and to their friends and whānau — all of whom have influenced them.


Earlier this year DEGNZ members writer/director Fiona McKenzie (pictured during filming) and producer/editor Scott Flyger saw the World Premiere of their short film Peninsula at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Now the film has just won the ‘Let’s Include’ section, which recognises inclusion at the Academy Award-qualifying Bengaluru International Short Film Festival in Bangalore, India! In November, Peninsula will be heading to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

Shot on Banks Peninsula over three days, Peninsula follows a father trying to reconnect with his estranged son, leading to unexpected consequences.

Congratulations to members Kim Georgine and Rafa Yam who have been selected to take part in Stage 2 of Script to Screen’s Paerangi Project.

A student at University of Otago, Rafa Yam is writing and directing Kahit Ano Para Sa Inyo (Anything For You), while Ōtautahi Christchurch resident Kim Georgine is directing Son’s Return Home. They are among the seven teams that will be matched with an experienced filmmaker who will guide them as they refine their short film project.

The Paerangi Project was created for aspiring filmmakers interested in developing a short film or web series who live outside the main centres, in remote regions, or those who are isolated from opportunities to learn about filmmaking. In Stage One each participant was given access to a series of video tutorials delivered by experienced filmmakers. After completion, participants who registered for Stage One were eligible to apply for Stage Two to receive six weeks of online mentorship