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BSS names a lot

The symposium has added writer Jon Raymond and a panel of Maori women filmmakers behind feature Waru.

Jon Raymond

Jon Raymond

Novelist and screenwriter Jon Raymond has worked closely with auteurs Kelly Reichardt and Todd Haynes.

Reichardt and Raymond adapted two of Raymond’s short stories in to features directed by Reichardt, the Sundance-premiered Old Joy and Cannes-premiered Wendy & Lucy (from story Train Choir). They’ve since collaborated on two Venice-premiered features: Meek’s Cutoff and Night Moves.

Raymond is a longtime friend of Haynes, working as his assistant on Haynes’ Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven. Raymond co-wrote mini-series Mildred Pierce, for which Kate Winslet won a Golden Globe. Raymond and Haynes received an Emmy nomination for the script.

At BSS Raymond will present a masterclass and do an In Conversation session with Emily Perkins, who recently adapted Eleannor Catton’s The Rehearsal for the screen.

The panel announced is with the writers and directors of Waru (Eight), an eight-part feature. Each part is a self-contained vignette told in 10 minutes of real time, shot in a single take, which follows the lives of eight Māori women connected by a single event

The segments’ writer/directors are Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones, Renae Maihi. Awanui Simich-Pene directed a segment written by Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu.

The panel will present on risk.

The Big Screen Symposium runs 24 – 25 September in Auckland. Tickets are now on sale.

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