The Big Screen Symposium adds a pair of international film festival programmers and a development exec to the 2014 mix.
Maryanne Redpath is the director of the Generation section of the Berlinale, which has selected many NZ films in recent years, and presented awards to a fair few of them. Mark Albiston & Louis Sutherland’s Shopping, the Burstyns’ This Way of Life and Taika Waititi’s Boy and, with Jemaine Clement, What We Do in the Shadows have all screened in that section of the festival in recent years.
Redpath has been the Berlinale’s ANZ Delegate since 2004 and has been the festival’s Generation director since 2008. She’s also a member of the Asian Pacific Film Academy (APSA) and the head curator of the Berlinale’s series “NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema”.
From somewhat closer to home, Al Cossar is Programmer for the Melbourne International Film Festival and a film critic on the ABC.
Also from Australia, Porchlight Films’ Tanya Phegan will discuss the development of high end television, something that was much on government minds last year as it considered tweaks to incentive schemes.
Porchlight Films’ catalogue includes Cate Shortland’s Lore and David Michôd’s The Rover and Animal Kingdom. Prior to joining Porchlight, Phegan was Head of Development and Acquisitions at DNA Films in the UK, where she worked on Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later, Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming Far From The Madding Crowd, Kevin Macdonald’s The Last King Of Scotland and Richard Eyre’s Notes On A Scandal.
Misery, as the saying goes, loves company!
The Big Screen Symposium runs 27 – 28 September at Auckland University. Tickets are now on sale.