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BSS 2012: adds sharp eyes

Script To Screen has unveiled more of its line-up, with Alun Bollinger to present a masterclass in cinematography, Dana Rotberg on story and Robin Scholes on money.

Bollinger has many of NZ’s best-known films and directors on his resume, having worked with Roger Donaldson(Sleeping Dogs), Peter Jackson ( Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver, The Frighteners), Ian Mune (Came a Hot Friday), Geoff Murphy (Goodbye Pork Pie) and son Paul’s Love Birds, Gaylene Preston (Perfect Strangers, War Stories, Home by Christmas) and Vincent Ward(A State of Siege, Vigil, River Queen). Most recently he shot fellow presenter Dana Rotberg’s Medicine Woman, which releases next year.

A five-time nominee at various incarnations of local film awards, Bollinger won the Best Cinematography gong three times, for Vigil, The End of the Golden Weather and River Queen.

Rotberg’s Medicine Woman, adapted from Witi Ihimaera’s book, is in post.

Having won awards for her first feature, documentary Elvira Luz Cruz: Pema Maxima, she went on to make a couple of features in her native Mexico and produce a couple more in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Three of the four were selected for Critic’s Week in Cannes.

Three years later she picked up the NHK Filmmaker’s Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival as director and co-writer of Otlia Rauda.

Having been NZ-based for some time now, she’ll present on finding the heart of a story.
Rotberg has recently written and directed Medicine Woman (Working Title), adapted from a novella by renowned New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera.  The film is final stages of post production with release expected early 2013.

Scholes (Once Were Warriors, Rain, Mr Pip) will run a financing masterclass, including some case studies on some participants’ films.

Scholes taught in the UK and NZ before going on to write, direct and produce at TVNZ. She produced NZ’s only co-production under the NZ-Singapore treaty, Peter Burger’s The Tattooist.
A founding partner of Communicado, her first feature was Lee Tamahori’s Once Were Warriors, her second Gregor Nicholas’ Broken English.
She saw Communicado through its merger into Screentime before joining joining Julie Christie in the mid-noughtie days before Touchdown became Eyeworks. More recently she’s produced Brendan Donovan’s The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell and Andrew Adamson’s upcoming Mister Pip.

The Big Screen Symposium runs 1 & 2 September at Auckland University.

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