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Jackie van Beek awarded DEGNZ mentorship

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ has announced Jackie van Beek (pictured, above) as the recipient of the 2016 International Director Mentorship – Drama with director Niki Caro.

Caro will provide one-on-one mentorship to Van Beek on her projects and career, offering genuine insight into creative process and engagement with the industry as a whole, while providing a solid platform upon which to build an international career.

van Beek works as an actress, writer and director. Her most recent short, Uphill, was a winner at Ahow Me Shorts in 2014, where van Beek took the Best Actor award. Shortly after that, she took the Best Supporting Actress award at the NZ Film Awards for her performance in Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows.

Last year, she shot her first feature, The Inland Road, in and around Queenstown, where she’d early completed a writing fellowship supported by Film Otago Southland.

Caro is best-known here for two features adapted from novels, Whale Rider and The Vintner’s Luck, and has had international success with North Country and, more recently, McFarland USA. Later this year she’ll shoot biopic Callas, with Noomi Rapace as the eponymous opera singer.

Making the Mentorship announcement, DEGNZ Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu said, “We are so pleased to have a Kiwi actively working on the international stage in director Niki Caro, mentoring one of our emerging directing talents.”

The International Director Mentorship is an initiative funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and managed by DEGNZ.

Previous recipients of the initiative include Tusi Tamasese (with Sundance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag), docmentary maker Bryn Evans (with Canadian documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal), editor Cushla Dillon (with Justine Wright (Locke, Iron Lady, The Last King of Scotland)), and editor Tom Eagles (with Australian editor Dany Cooper (Holding the Man, The Sapphires)).

Next week Caro will do a DEGNZ Selects session in Auckland with moderator Roseanne Liang.

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