Day Three of Cannes

2015-05-20 09.58.30Day Three of Festival de Cannes – Page Officielle — the stress of dressing for the red carpet and packing a bag with spare shoes and minimal extras led to missioning to Cannes to collect the ticket for ‘Youth’. Managed to miss the 10am deadline but eventually found where to collect tickets and got it (yay!).

Petit Dejeuner nearby, then headed to the NZ Film Commission lunch for Sales Agents, Distributors, and Kiwi Producers. Left early to mission to the red carpet (*dahling!*) — to find that the red carpet screenings in the afternoon aren’t *so* formal. I didn’t need to change to heels! And took no selfies. There were people in jeans (and still some in black tie). Got to chatting to a Canadian screenwriter while awaiting the screening.

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The film was beautiful and played well to the Cannes audience.

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Headed to the American Pavilion with Andrew and Kira . Then attended the Flickerama reception at the UK Film Pavilion. Good times! Headed to the Majestic with friends before heading back to Nice on the last train to grab a late pizza and SLEEP!2015-05-20 17.57.27 

Phone keeps dying and no internet, so sorry there aren’t many photos yet. Brilliant networking and meeting people, and getting distribution and production interest in a feature film project we’re pitching. Now onto day four!

Day One of Cannes

Amazing first day at Festival de Cannes – Page Officielle . Made it to Nice, then got to Cannes to collect accreditation about 5pm. Phone died many times during the day so very few photos. Found the UK Film Pavilion to volunteer at the WFTV Reception (masses of awesome networking). Then headed out to dinner, and nearly made it to the Vanity Fair Polish Party — except had been up since 5am, so instead caught the last train back to Nice. Now to sleep before getting up to volunteer at La Plage Royale on the Croisette.

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Day Two of Cannes

Day Two of Festival de Cannes – Page Officielle : volunteered with Show Me the F£&%ing money, a web site that interviews movers and shakers about film financing. Had a lovely day shooting at La Plage Royale. Kira, Andrew, and I went to the NZFC Offices. Had a meeting at the Canadian Pavilion, went through the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes. Then headed home as we were shattered. Now onto day three — where I have a lunch with the NZ Film Commission and will be attending a red carpet screening of ‘Youth‘ !

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Action On The Side: inspiration

Action On The Side Weekend Filmmaking
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Action On The Side has expanded to include regular inspiration, tips, tricks, and reminders for writers and filmmakers.

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The next Action On The Side project is July 2015.

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Upcoming Script Development meetings

Do you have a script? Do you have a story idea?
Want to meet with other scriptwriters and filmmakers to work on it?

We’ve started a regular script development meeting, and anyone can join us.

Any script.
Any idea.
Feature or short.
Bring scripts and ideas. All are welcome.

  • 7pm on Thursday 21 May. The Barley Mow
    127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AU
  • 7pm on Friday 05 June. Curzon Victoria
    58 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E 6QW

Getting Ready for Cannes

Next week, the Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival and Sales Market) kicks off.

I’m heading to the Festival with two of my co-Producers, Andrew Montague and Kira Fitzpatrick of This Big Productions. We’ll be there Monday 18th to Friday 22nd.

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Ready for Cannes with my new Business Cards

If you’re at the event, check out Dead Letter in the Short Film Corner, and look me up.

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NZ things I can’t get in London

This blog post was sitting in my drafts folder for years. I decided to post it retrospectively, with a few amendments.

  • Proper Marmite: the Marmite in the UK is brown, rather than black. It just doesn’t taste as good (to me)


  • Rice crackers: hmmm … with dip
    • edit: you can get these in some supermarkets
  • Sweet Chilli Philly
Sweet Chilli Philly: a soft cheese covered with sweet thai chilli sauce
  • Tim Tams: these were available at the Kiwi/Aussie/SAFA/Canadian store – Penguins are an alternative, but they don’t work for the Tim Tam Slam.
  • Lamingtons: although I did find a cafe in Shoreditch that had them
  • A proper really good flat white: being from Wellington, I’m a snob about my coffee. Sacred cafes do the best in London.
    • edit: there are some good flat whites now…
  • Reduced Cream: mixed with soup mixtures (Onion) for amazing dips


  • Sugarfree V: although you can get regular V in some dairies / stores, if you don’t want the massive sugar hit, you can’t get sugarfree.
  • Grain Waves
  • Spirulina smoothies: seriously, getting a 1L smoothie with spirulina in it … I haven’t found that in London. You can get other green smoothies, but not with spirulina.


  • Pineapple Lumps
  • Chocolate fish: give that man a chocolate fish!


The moral of the story: bring me these things!


On the set of Arms Trade

We’re on set for the latest Action On The Side shoot, ARMS TRADE

Come see the finished film, Saturday 28 February. Sign up at

Action On The Side — February 2015

The next Action On The Side project kicked off on Saturday 07 February 2015. The selected short is ARMS TRADE

After a heavy night of drinking, best friends Troy and Sean awake to find they have mysteriously swapped arms.

The script was developed by Josh Pappenheim, Chris Parker, & James Morgan through the Action On The Side script development sessions.

Here are some images from AOTS Weekend 1

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Watching 'Elle Fatale' @actionontheside

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Chris pitching 'Arms Trade' #actionontheside

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Dead Letter – finished!

I am about to head off to the first Script Development meeting for November’s Action On The Side project, but would like to officially announce the completion of ‘Dead Letter‘. Now onto entering it into film festivals, submitting to IMDb, and getting the film out there

There were unfortunately severe delays with post-production. However, these things are always learning opportunities. Crew will be sent a link soon.

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