Pollywood 2011 – Come and join in on the action

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Pollywood Pasifica Short film Festival is now into its ninth successful year, this is an event to watch out for. With each year growing bigger and better, Pollywood has largely become a launching pad for Pasifika Film and multimedia art for the past 9 years. The core focus of Pollywood is to showcase and celebrate [ Read More ]

NZ Film Manurewa is a awarded a top prize at 61st Berlin International Film Festival

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Manurewa, directed by Sam Peacocke, was awarded a Crystal Bear in the Generation 14plus Youth Section of the competition. The jury awarded the film the prize with these comments on the strength of the project: In a very short time this film synthesises and skilfully compresses independent story lines and characters, merging them together into [ Read More ]

Miriama Kamo returns to Sunday

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Award winning journalist, Miriama Kamo is the new presenter of TV ONE’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday, which returns in its prime-time slot at the end of the month. Miriama has spent the last six years presenting and reporting on 20/20 and returns to Sunday after working as a reporter on the show between 2002-2005.

Do you have what it takes to be New Zealand’s next top model?

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New Zealand’s next top model cycle three auditions are due to start on April 15, 2011. So if you think you have what it takes be there or be square. Start practicing your strut as the nationwide search for the 13 young women who will take part in the third Cycle of New Zealand’s Next [ Read More ]

Paul Henry returning to the screen?

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The controversial and highly entertaining former TVNZ Breakfast host Paul Henry may soon return to television screens with the head of an American production company expressing interest in putting him back on air. Founder of US production company Ish Entertainment, Michael Hirschorn, said he had discussions about Henry with network executives and reactions were “enthusiastic”.

BBC knowledge to be launched on SKY TV in March

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BBC worldwide will be re-launching New Zealand’s documentary channel as BBC knowledge in March, in a major step forward in the developement in it’s global branded channels business. And also having no less than three channels on SKY TV at this point and time, BBC Knowledge will be joining the BBC family on SKY TV, [ Read More ]

New Zealand mourns the passing of Frank Whitten

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It is with great sadness that the New Zealand Film and TV Blog receives news of the passing of actor Frank Whitten. Frank Whitten holds a special place in New Zealand’s film history. He also holds a very special place in a lot of New Zealanders heart known as Grandpa West, from the hugely popular [ Read More ]

Interview with Lee Tamahori about his latest short film and Sundance

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Once again Lee Tamahori has made a Sundance worthy independent film. Lee Tamahori has shot two independent films in his nearly two-decade career as a director, and both have taken him to Sundance: He made his first trip in 1995 with his feature directorial debut, “Once Were Warriors,” a violent tale of domestic abuse in [ Read More ]

TVNZ has entered into an exclusive partnership with international gaming company Ginx TV

TVNZ has announced that they have formed a exclusive partnership with Ginx Tv, who are a global operator of video gaming channels, for exclusive access to Ginx gaming content for new youth channel U, launching 13 March. Eric Kearley, TVNZ’s Head of Digital Channels and Digital Media, is delighted that U will offer the first [ Read More ]

This week’s top ten shows

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Below is a listing of the top ten programmes on NZTV, recorded as of the 29th of January 2011 via Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.