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Intimacy can be tricky to bring to life on screen whether it be in a documentary or a drama. When done correctly, though, within an environment of safety and trust, it can organically unfold in front of our eyes.

To begin the new year, DEGANZ brings together director Ollie Lucks and editor Francis Glenday in a session moderated by Annie Collins to discuss the interesting and unique process of writing, directing and editing documentary There Is No ‘I’ in Threesome. This doco was one of the first to work with an intimacy co-ordinator. Discover what it took to bring such an intimate and personal story to the screen, the challenges (Spoiler Alert) of a scripted piece masquerading as a non-scripted one, and find out why the director and editor relationship is so important. Francis admits that “it was an unusual one because the naked talent on screen isn’t normally sitting next to you when you’re cutting it”.

Join us on Zoom on Wednesday 16 February from 7:30 – 9pm.

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There Is No ‘I’ in Threesome

A candid documentary that follows a modern-day love story, exploring the ups, downs and pitfalls of an open relationship and what it means to be in love. Directed and Co-written by Ollie Lucks, and made with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission. Available on NEON.

About Ollie Lucks

Jan Oliver Lucks (Ollie) was born in Germany to an Iranian/Indian mother and German father. In 2005 he moved to Dunedin to study film. Together with Max Bellamy in 2014, he directed haunted baritone tale The Characteristics of C-Minor, which screened on BBC Knowledge and at a number of global festivals.

In 2015 Ollie began tailing ex-pro wrestler Wilbur McDougall for a popular Loading Docs short Wilbur Force, which premiered at NZIFF and became a Short of the Week on Vimeo. After the short was picked up by Māori Television it became a feature-length film titled Wilbur:The King in the Ring.

He has written, directed and edited since 2014. His credits include The Characteristics of C-Minor, Wilbur Force, Wilbur:The King in the Ring, and There Is No ‘I’ in Threesome.

About Francis Glenday

Francis Glenday is an editor & animator with 20 years experience, cutting on a wide range of projects from film through television and everything in between.

He has a long line of credits including POI E: The Story of our Song, for which he was nominated for Best Documentary Editor at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards 2017, This Town, Grand Designs New Zealand, Herbs: Songs of Freedom, Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up, On Thin Ice and many more. He is currently in post-production for the documentary Frocks and Divas.

Comedy isn’t just canned laughter and superficial gags, it has depth and the ability to reveal home truths about ourselves and human nature.

To close the year, director Jesse Griffin and editor Stuart Boone join DEGANZ to discuss the fascinating process of writing, directing and editing the hit, unscripted comedy series Educators. Discover how to mine a scene for golden nuggets of truth, how to find the funniest moments in the edit suite and bring order to improvised comedy. As the duo admits, “It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle except the pieces have nothing on them…”

Join us on Zoom on Tuesday 23 November from 7:30 – 9pm.

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Set behind the scenes of an ordinary Kiwi secondary school, this unscripted comedy series follows the hopelessly and hilariously inept people in charge of educating the next generation. Created by Jesse Griffin, Jackie van Beek and Jonathan Brugh, and made with the support of NZ On Air. Available on TVNZ OnDemand.

About Jesse Griffin

Jesse started doing sketch comedy while at Otago University in the early 90’s with Duncan Sarkies, Te Radar and Aaron Watson. After training in physical theatre at the John Bolton School in Melbourne in 1995, he formed the comedy trio the 4 Noels and performed throughout Australia, the UK and NZ until 2007. Jesse began performing country music character Wilson Dixon in 2004, performing live and on televised galas throughout NZ, Australia and the UK, along with a series for BBC Radio and a TVNZ comedy special.

He was the creative exec producer, writer and director for Comedy For Cure Kids from 2012 to 2015 making the song “Feel Inside” with the FOTC amongst other things. He has acted, written and directed for TV since 2010. His credits include 7 Days, Jono and Ben, Would I Lie To You, Word Up, Have You Been Paying Attention, Funny Girls, Educators, Last at 11, 800 Words, and Talkback.

About Stuart Boone

Stuart Boone is an accomplished television editor with over 25 years experience. Specialising in factual and documentary series, Stu is sought after for his skill at crafting story with humanity and humour.

He has a long line of credits including New York Festivals 2020 award-winning unscripted comedy series Educators, Grand Designs series 3-5, Forensics NZ, Making New Zealand, My Big Blue Backyard, Channel 4 UK’s Orangutan Jungle School, Animal Planet’s Redwood Kings, as well as The NZ Film Commission’s 100 Men.

We’re excited to be hosting a screening of James and Isey, in association with Rialto Cinemas, before its nation wide release on May 6. The documentary is a Northland celebration of life & aroha like no other, inviting audiences into the lives of ninety-nine year old Isey and son James, during the week leading up to Isey’s 100th birthday.

Following the screening, audiences will be joined by director/producer Florian Habicht (Kaikohe Demolition, Land of the Long White Cloud, Love Story), for a Q&A session moderated by Zöe McIntosh.

We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Thursday 24 April, 5:45pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Film Industry Member tickets $12

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Screenlink: Making the Hit Claymation Kiri and Lou

Join us for insights on international hit children’s show Kiri and Lou, directed by LA-based Kiwi director Harry Sinclair, and produced by New Zealander Fiona Copland‘s Filmwork.

A creative team who forged their relationship on iconic Kiwi feature film Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Harry and Fiona will talk about their long-running and successful director-producer partnership. They’ll also reveal the trials, tribulations and fun that has made this claymation series No. 1 in children’s content on the BBC, achieved sales all around the world and has led to the development of a feature film and merchandising deals.

WHEN:  Mon 3 August, 7pm. Talk starts 7:15pm
WHERE:  Horse & Trap – Loft, 3 Enfield St, Mount Eden, Auckland

Cash bar

Parking: Horse & Trap customer carpark and free on-street parking nearby.

This event is proudly presented by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ as part of the Screenlink series.


DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5 (door entry, cash only)

Screenlink: The Editor, a Composer's Friend or Foe?

SCGNZ and DEGNZ present “The Editor, a Composer’s Friend or Foe?”

A special event that looks at the importance of communication and teamwork between an Editor and a Film Composer… Will they be friends or foes by the end of the mix?

Join us for a discussion between acclaimed New Zealand editors Annie Collins (One Thousand Ropes, The Great Maiden’s Blush, Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story) and Jonno Woodford-Robinson (Mortal Engines, Pork Pie, What We Do In the Shadows), chaired by Andrew Hagen from the Screen Composers Guild. There will be time for audience questions from Facebook in this sure-to-be interesting evening, so come join us live and see how you can avoid falling onto the wrong side of the (musical) tracks.

As part of the Q&A, they’ll be discussing some film clips, provided by the editors. These won’t be played during the session. We suggest watching the clips at 5pm, before the beginning of the live event at 5:30pm. Links to these clips will be made available on this post, the day before the event.

WHEN:  Thu 14 May, 5:30pm
WHERE: Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand Facebook page. If you don’t have a Facebook account, please refer to the information further down on how to watch the live-stream.

This event is presented by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and the Screen Composers Guild of NZ as part of the Screenlink series.

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Jonno’s composer recommendations

Sharing Jonno’s list from the Q&A:

  • Graeme Revell (Dafur Now, The Negotiator)
  • Calexico
  • Johan Soderqvist (Let the Right One In)
  • Agnes Obel – a pianist
  • Yann Tiersen (Amelie)
  • Penguin Cafe & Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  • Lisa Gerrard (The Insider)
  • Carter Burwell (Fargo, Burn After Reading)
  • Danny Elfman (Men in Black)
  • James Newton Howard (6the sense, Unbreakable, King Kong)
  • Henrik Górecki (Fearless)

For Non-Facebook Users

Follow these steps to watch the live-stream:

  1. Tune in at this link on Facebook.
  2. Click to play the live video once the broadcast has started.

You do not need to create a Facebook account to watch. Simply ignore any Facebook prompts to Log In / Create New Account, or click ‘Not Now’ if the option appears. Prompts will look like so:

Log in prompt e.g.


  • Non-Facebook users can watch the live-stream without an account, but won’t be able to ask questions/comment.
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