The BSS programme is now live, with all the session info and most of the speakers announced. Still to come are the names of panel members, meaning the decision-making can now begin about which sessions to attend.
One decision is whether to arrive on time or linger at home in front of the All Blacks final pool game at the Rugby World Cup although – hopefully – there’ll be nothing riding on the outcome of that game by then.
Rolling out a rash of directors in one shot, the programme announcement adds Jake Mahaffy, dissecting a scene from his recent Orrizonti winner in Venice, Free In Deed; Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith, whose The Ground We Won has also been enjoying considerable festival success; and Alison Maclean, back here to make the adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s The Rehearsal.
Also announced are composer Graeme Revell (Dead Calm, Blow, Sin City) and writer Duncan Sarkies (Scarfies, Two Little Boys). Revell, Sarkies and Mahaffy will go head to head in the same Sunday afternoon slot.