NHK and NHNZ greenlight blue chip series “Life Force II”

NHK and NHNZ today announced at MIPCOM the greenlight on a major blue-chip science/natural history series, Life Force II. Life Force II builds on the worldwide success of Life Force I, a six part series co-produced by NHK, NHNZ, France Télévisions, Science Channel and Animal Planet and distributed by Off the Fence. Life Force I [ Read More ]

NZ On Air will fund Simon Morton’s quirky documentary ‘Making Tracks’.

Simon Morton

A “quirky” documentary in which consumer show presenter Simon Morton rides around New Zealand by bicycle has been awarded more than $400,000 of public funding. NZ On Air has released details of its first funding round of this financial year, worth nearly $12 million, to make comedies and documentaries to screen next year. A show [ Read More ]

Dunedin film-maker hopes his documentary ‘Practising Medicine’ will educate Otago medical students

Dr Paul Trotman

Dunedin film-maker Dr Paul Trotman hopes the follow-up to his acclaimed film on the University of Otago’s body bequest programme will help “demystify” the medical profession. His new film, Practising Medicine, follows Otago University medical students who featured in his previous documentary, Donated to Science, through their clinical years in medical school and their first [ Read More ]

NZ film-maker Joe Hitchcock uses his AMP Scholarship to go global

Joe Hitchcock

Joe Hitchcock, a passionate NZ film-maker, was recognised by AMP in 2006 for his determination to succeed on an international level.   After receiving his  an AMP Scholarship in 2006, Joe has used the financial support to further pursue his film-making career.    Joe was able to devote himself to his professional development within the film industry and [ Read More ]

Comedy-doco ‘Deane Waretini: Now is the Hour’ to screen on Maori Television

Deane-Waretini

DEANE WARETINI: NOW IS THE HOUR is an affectionate and funny slice of real life as legendary Te Arawa singer Deane Waretini makes a road trip from Christchurch to his Rotorua hometown for the gig he hopes will re-launch his career. DEANE WARETINI: NOW IS THE HOUR, a seven-part comedy-documentary, starts on Maori Television at [ Read More ]

Maori Television Launches a Month of Kiwi Films

Press Release:  Maori TV Four New Zealand films are set to screen on Maori Television for the first time this month. THE INSATIABLE MOON, I’M NOT HARRY JENSON, AFTER THE WATERFALL and HOOK, LINE AND SINKER will make the leap to the small screen starting August 12.  These films have all been independently produced ranging [ Read More ]

TV3 upcoming hit picks

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The Ricky Gervais Show Sunday, January 1st at 7:30pm **New series** The Ricky Gervais Show will premiere on TV 3 from Sunday, January 1st at 11:30pm. The animated show features Gervais and his long-time collaborator Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras), and revolves around the world of their unusual friend, Karl Pilkington (An Idiot Abroad). Originally starting out [ Read More ]

OPERATION 8 DOCUMENTARY TO SCREEN ONLY ON MAORI TELEVISION

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Maori Television is presenting the free-to-air exclusive premiere of the critically acclaimed New Zealand documentary  OPERATION 8 – which looks into the 2007 anti-terror raids. The documentary screens on Sunday, 30 October at 8.30pm, four years after the nationwide raids that resulted in 18 arrests and just weeks after the Government passed controversial covert surveillance [ Read More ]

Costa Boates gets standing ovation at Toronto film festival

The last dogs of winter

New Zealand documentary feature The Last Dogs of Winter debuted in Toronto yesterday. Director/producer Costa Botes and film subjects Brian Ladoon and Caleb Ross received a standing ovation when they took the stage for the film’s post-screening Q&A session. The films was selected to screen in the highly regarded ‘Real to Reel’ programme of the [ Read More ]

Maori Television launches Pakipumeka Aotearoa documentary series

The Green Chain

Maori Television will be showcasing a range of New Zealand documentaries in the Pakipumeka Aotearoa series. The one-hour documentaries will air on Saturday nights at 8.30-9.30pm. This week, Saturday 20 August, meet New Zealand’s own version of Erin Brockovich in The Green Chain. Whakatane man Joe Harawira fought the powers of industry and government and won. [ Read More ]