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Five projects for 2015 Writers Lab

Script to Screen has whittled its 60 applications down to five projects for the sophomore edition of its Writers Lab, which will run next month.

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Writers Lab participants 2015
Top row (from left): Victor Rodger, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, Rachel House, Mitch Tawhi Thomas
Bottom row (from left): Gaysorn Thavat, Sophie Henderson, Mark Albiston, Paul Stanley Ward

Iranian-New Zealand writer and filmmaker Ghazaleh Golbakhsh is selected with her feature project At The End Of The World. Playwright and longtime Shortland Street writer Victor Rodger is selected with feature adaptation of his play Black Faggot.

Three writing teams are selected. Mark Albiston (Shopping, The Six Dollar Fifty Man) and Paul Stanley Ward (Graffiti of Mr Tupaia) bring Cat Burglar. NZ On Screen writer Ward is a previous recipient of Script to Screen’s FilmUp mentorship scheme.

Rachel House (Whale Rider, Boy, Hope and Wire) and Mitch Tawhi Thomas have Hui, adapted from Thomas’ play.

Gaysorn Thavat (short Brave Donkey and a boatload of TVCs) and Sophie Henderson (Fantail) bring The Justice Of Bunny King.

Writers will work on their projects with local and international mentors. Artistic Director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab, Gyula Gazdag, was recently announced as one of the mentors.

The Script to Screen Writers’ Lab will run 8 – 12 July.

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