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BSS names two more speakers

Expat screenwriter Antony McCarten and James Cameron’s producer Jon Landau were named Thursday for this year’s event.

Oscar winner Landau has produced the world’s two highest grossing features, Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic. He’s also a member of the Screen Advisory Board set up by government and announced in December 2013 as part of a package of measures to reinvigorate the then-flailing industry, which included raising incentive rates and folding the LBSPG and SPIF under one banner, the NZSPG. At the BSS he’ll do an In Conversation session.

Anthony McCarten preps for the glare of the red carpet attention.

Anthony McCarten preps for the glare of the red carpet attention.

McCarten collected two BAFTAs and was nominated for two Oscars for 2014’s The Theory of Everything. His Best British Film BAFTA was shared with producers including Eric Fellner and ex-pat Kiwi Tim Bevan, both of whom have since produced Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, which opens here shortly following its Venice premiere.

McCarten’s last work in NZ was a film adaptation of his novel Show of Hands, led by Craig Hall and Melanie Lynskey, although he’s arguably still best-known for play Ladies’ Night, co-written with Stephen Sinclair. At BSS he’ll give a master class on writing.

Previously announced international speakers include Chilean filmmaker Sebastiàn Silva (Crystal Fairy, The Maid), Australian producer Liz Watts (Lore, Animal Kingdom) and Landau’s fellow Screen Advisory member Jane Campion was previously announced for the programme.

The Big Screen Symposium runs 10 – 11 October in Auckland. Tickets are now on sale.

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