New Zealand Documentaries

At one of the LFS events I went to whilst in London, I got to chatting with a woman who lectures in Documentary Film at a University in Wales. She was not familiar with any New Zealand documentaries or documentary filmmakers. So I wrote a list for her to look up:

*(yes, Docudramas, but I’m including them.)

and, for fun, Forgotten Silver, dir. Peter Jackson and Costa Botes; a film I would recommend it to any film buff for a good giggle.




There must have been more great documentaries that I missed. If you were asked to sum up New Zealand Documentary Filmmaking to someone unfamiliar with it, which films would you have listed? Which filmmakers?

I nearly shared my favourite documentary with her. However, knowing that the documentary was only available at the NZ Film Archive, and there was no way for her to see it, I didn’t list it. However, today, NZ On Screen announced that it is available in its entirety on their website. The film is Patu!, directed by Merata Mita. I am so excited that I can now watch the film again, and can share it with others. Please go to nzonscreen to watch it.

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LFS: ‘Deep End’, Editing Q+A

I attended a screening and Q+A at the London Film School, on Editing with Barrie Vince.

I’m currently in London, visiting the bf. I got onto the mailing list for the London Film School before I left, on the off-chance that I could get along to a workshop or seminar or lecture while I’m here. Fortunately they’re running a series of Q+As, and I can make a couple of them.

The topic was Editing. It was a screening of ‘Deep End‘ (1970, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski). The editor, Barrie Vince, was on hand afterwards for the Q+A.

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Darling Bullets

I was an extra on another short film today.

This morning I got to be an extra on my friend Phil’s short, Darling Bullets. He’s doing it as part of his Honours Film Production course. Everyone in the world has a gun, which the female protagonist challenges. If you get to see it, I’m in a crane shot before the cafe scene. Pretty cool.

Script Development Workshop

I attended a Script Development workshop today, run by the NZ Film Commission and the NZ Writer’s Guild

Today I went to a Script Development Workshop run by the NZ Film Commission and the NZ Writer’s Guild at the NZ Film Archive.

Steve Barr talked about Assessment and taking notes, and later went into Loglines. Kathryn Burnett spoke about Rewriting, giving exercises for responding to assessment in rewriting, and later went into Synopses.  Kath Athukata-Brown, a Script Executive at the NZFC spoke about changes in funding at the NZFC (in the Writer Development Loan, the Early Development Fund, and the Advanced Development Loan), and later went into Treatments.

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NEW Beginner’s Bellydance Classes – KELBURN

I am very pleased to announce that I will be teaching a Beginner’s Bellydance class at the Victoria University Rec Centre in trimester 2.

You do not need to be a current student or member of the Rec Centre to take part in these classes.

Classes will be held Wednesdays, 4-5pm. The first 6 week block starts on Weds 13 July and runs to Weds 17 August.

No experience is necessary. All are welcome.

Costs are $10 per class, or $54 for all 6 classes, paid at the first class. CDs with music from the class will be available for $5.

There is a Facebook invite here, with further details. If you are unable to RSVP on the event page, please contact me to let me know if you are coming.

On another dance related note, I am currently arranging a hafla for the Sirroco Middle Eastern Dancers. The hafla is a wonderful opportunity for our Advanced and Beginners Classes to perform. I hope to have a venue confirmed soon, and we are looking at a date in late August. The hafla will include performances from other local dance groups (who will be announced once they are 100% confirmed). Current students, friends, and family will be invited to the event.

Saint Punch is over

I’ve just finished Saint Punch, and I was an extra in a short film.

This has been one of those periods where I’m too busy to keep the blog up-to-date.

I’ve just finished ‘Saint Punch‘, my friend Gregor’s Masters project. It is an intertextual play with puppetry, Comedia Dell’Arte Carnivale stage work, and live mixed green screen. The story has 3 vignettes: Gilles de Rey and Jeanne D’Arc (Joan of Arc); Bluebeard and Judith; Punch and Judy. The 4 performances were from Wednesday 08 to Saturday 11 June at Old Drama House, 93 KP.

I was doing the Sound Design for the play. It was my first experience doing tech for theatre. I’m sure most sound designers for plays don’t get into it as organically as I did, as I was involved from Gregor’s first workshop. For that I am extremely thankful.

It was lovely working with the cast and crew. I’ll see if I can pilfer some photos to put up here.

On another note, I was an extra in a short film this weekend: ‘Lovebloom’, directed by Daniel Gonzalez. I got to be a party-goer. I must admit I’ve only read the first 10 pages of the script, so I’m really looking forward to the final product.

Right, enough of that. I’ve got to get to the Victoria 300-level FILM Production screening this evening, where my friend Amy’s film is being screened.

A Contradictory Poem

I grew up with the start of this poem, and never heard the end. Anyone know it?

When I was growing up, my Mum used to recite a poem. She had forgotten the rest of it, so I never learnt all of it. But I’m curious to see if I can find the rest of it somewhere. A cursory look on the internet hasn’t found it. (I have found another contradictory poem though).

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Call for extras

Call for extras for the music video that my friend Ella is directing.

My friend Ella is directing a music video for Barnaby Weir. The call for extras has gone out. Auditions are this weekend. Please pass on to whoever may be interested.

Tarot Card Rock

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One week to shooting The Lake

Shooting in a week! Can’t do Script Frenzy! Too busy!

Script Frenzy has taken a major back burner as we’re in heavy preproduction for The Lake. The shoot dates are Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 April, with a pick-up/ADR day to be confirmed. It’s been crazy trying to confirm final crew roles. I’ve given myself a few hours today to finalise equipment bookings, sort out the catering budget (25 people on set!), car pooling to and from sets, and assorted other stresses. We have two days of filming at The Lake, and one day of interiors. We’ve been busy working out a contingency plan in case it rains (which the Metservice suggested it will – weather, please don’t. TIA.)

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The Try Hard, The Ghost I Know, Rockets and Robots

Promotion of friends’ blogs.

My friend Dan’s Blog, The Try Hard, is getting 60 hits an hour because  New Young Pony Club tweeted his review. He’s writing a review for each of his top 20 albums of 2010. The blog is at

My friend Andrew Savage has a blog about songwriting called  The Ghost I Know. He writes about the background on some of the songs he’s written, his thoughts on songwriting, and all about bands and music and stuff. Check it out at

And another friend called Andy has a blog called Rockets and Robots. He does reviews of all the films he sees, and writes about the 16mm film course that we’re doing together. He’s writing reviews of all the Wellington Film Society screenings as well: perfect reading for when I’m too busy to see the films I want to or to get to the Film Society. I just read Andy’s blog. You can too, at