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Big Screen Symposium completes line-up

In a late burst of activity, six new speakers were added to this year’s BSS line-up for two sessions, locking off the line-up a week ahead of the doors opening.

The Babadook

The Babadook’s Noah Wiseman
Photo: Matt Nettheim

Australian director Jennifer Kent’s debut feature is the Sundance-premiered horror The Babadook, which is currently in the midst of a very successful international film festival run (including a trip to the recent NZIFF).

Kent will share the journey to making her first feature. The topic of features is also the subject matter of the final BSS session announced, which will deliver three Kiwi first-timers, one sophomore feature maker and the more experienced Toa Fraser (The Dead Lands, Giselle, Dead Spanley, No 2).

Tainui Stephens will also wrangle debutant feature writer and lead Sophie Henderson (Fantail), writer-directors Rene Naufahu (The Last Saint) and Gerard Johnstone (Housebound), and the slightly more experienced James Napier Robertson (I’m Not Harry Jenson, The Dark Horse).

Here’s the complete programme line-up.

The Big Screen Symposium runs 27 and 28 September in Auckland.

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