Editorial: November 2016

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Adding to last month’s crop of gongfests (from Ngā Aho Whakaari, the NZ Cinematographers Society, Show Me Shorts and Uni Shorts) the NZ Web Fest: #NZWF16, SPADA and this year’s HP48Hours have all handed out their awards in the last couple of weeks. We’ve photo-spreads from the first two and you can enjoy the 48Hours grnad national champion here.

To add to that list of awards events, the NZ Film Awards has also opened the doors for submissions – albeit briefly. Get in quick – by 9 December – if you want your hat in that ring.

Earlier this year, Casey Whelan was a winner at SWANZ. Fritha Stalker catches up with her in the wake of her double win. We’ve got an interview with another winner, Yamin Tun, who was last week named SPADA’s Young Filmmaker of the Year, and yet another interview with a winner – with one Peter Young, who recently celebrated wins overseas for The Art of Recovery.

We were going to publish our interview with Peter last month but – just as we were putting the issue together – along came the decision to name the Ross Sea a Marine Protected Area. As that was the subject matter of Peter’s previous doco, The Last Ocean, it seemed right to not publish comments which were suddenly out of date but to expand the interview a bit. If you’re enjoying the PDF version of Crewed, you’ll have already seen the cover image, taken during the production of The Last Ocean.

Also running on from last month were the final parts of a couple of other articles, Ande Schurr’s piece on Stallone Vaiaoga-Iosa’s Three Wise Cousins (now on video if you’re looking for Chrissy pressies) and Glen Walker’s visit to the now-wrapped Christchurch set of Mirand Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie’s The Changeover.

We were a little caught out by TVNZ’s decision to double up episodes of Dirty Laundry, which means that our interview with some of the team on that now runs after the fate of the show has been sealed.

Currently looking for testers in Wellington, Melanie Langlotz’s Geo AR Games has made Sharks in the Park and Magical Park, which encourage kids to go outside and play – without having their phones and devices surgically removed. As the ‘AR’ suggests, screens are a welcome – indeed necessary – part of the experience.

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Written by Keith Barclay

Keith is the editor of SCREENZ, and the co-creator and founding editor of CREWED.

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