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Mothers of the Revolution, directed by Briar March and co-edited by DEGANZ board member Margot Francis, Simon Coldrick, John Gilbert, and Tim Woodhouse, has been shortlisted for a 2022 Grierson Award. Along with seven other films, it is in the running for Best Single Documentary – Domestic.

The documentary delves into the women-led protests against nuclear production during the Cold War. While history has greatly minimised their efforts, the film uncovers the mystery behind the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and highlights the women as wartime heroes. It reflects the tensions of the time by playing out like a drama-thriller with infiltrations of top secret government military bases and hidden messages transmitted under cover of night. Tales of conflicted families and love make this tension all the more real and personal. The film celebrates the women’s accomplishments and how they have inspired individual action to change the world.

The Grierson Awards, also known as the British Documentary Awards, recognise and commemorate documentaries that have significantly impacted the genre, demonstrating quality, integrity, creativity, originality, and overall excellence. Established in 1972 to honour the Scottish doco filmmaker John Grierson, the awards are now a key event in the UK film calendar.

We wish all the best to Margot and the Mothers of the Revolution team.

Congratulations to Matasila Freshwater (DEGANZ) for winning the Sun Jury Prize at this year’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The prize was won for her work as director and writer on Hiama, an “amazing reclamation of the horror genre through a Solomon Islands lens.”

Hiama tells the story of a teenage girl and her Hiama (shamanic guardian spirit), who teaches her to invoke her inner power when she encounters racism and microaggressions at her high school.

Matasila spoke of her motives for telling this story, which included the desire to subvert the traditionally Euro-centric horror genre. Matasila observed how in the horror genre “blackness and darkness was something to be fearful of.” By subverting this narrative, she instead makes blackness “empowering”.

The episode is part of the wider series Teina Sā: The Ancient Ones, which centers around stories of modern day issues that impact Pasifika women. Matasila’s award-winning episode is available to watch for free on The CoconetTV’s Youtube channel.

See the full list of the 2021 imagineNATIVE award winners here.

Last night we welcomed Leslee Udwin to New Zealand in partnership with Script to Screen. Leslee Udwin is the formidable woman behind the making of the documentary India’s Daughter. An actress, producer, director and activist, Leslee inspired us all with stories about her life and career, which spans projects such as East Is East, Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution and West Is West. Then there’s India’s Daughter, which moved Leslee to campaign tirelessly for women’s rights and better ethical education around the world.

There’s no doubt that everybody who attended walked away feeling inspired and motivated by Leslee’s words. Many thanks to Shuchi Kothari for her wonderful facilitation of the session.

Wellingtonians can see Leslee tonight at the NZ Film and Television School from 6 – 7.30pm. Please RSVP to rsvp@script-to-screen.co.nz.

Our thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission for their continued support of our events.

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