Thursday in Wellington SPADA announced the three winners of its industry awards for 2015: Industry Champion, Chris Bailey; Independent Producer of the Year: Philly de Lacey; and New Filmmaker of the Year: Alyx Duncan.
SPADA Industry Champion
There is no person working in TV in New Zealand who has produced and directed more drama than Chris Bailey. For over 40 years he has been a key part of New Zealand’s TV scene. Beginning in Christchurch as a technical trainee, Chris moved to Auckland in the mid 70’s and enjoyed the comprehensive training that the BCNZ gave its employees at that time.
He was one of the first employees of the new TV2 known as South Pacific Television and he became a News Director on Two Network News.
News was not going to be his career, but he did meet a young newsreader there, and she and Chris are still happily married. Chris moved into Drama, and by 1981 he was directing series which captured New Zealand audiences and which are remembered today, including The Adventurer, The Adventures of Terry Teo, Gloss, Mortimer’s Patch and Under the Mountain.
The fact that two of these series have been remade now – Under the Mountain as a movie, and Terry Teo as a new series – speaks volumes about the quality of the original productions.
Chris joined the new South Pacific Pictures in 1990 as Head of Production and continued to Direct. His first outing was Strangers, which was Martin Henderson’s debut, and then Raider of the South Seas featuring two very young actors, Martin Henderson and Dean O’Gorman, and one older actor: Tony Groser, whose son Tim is better known for his political feats.
Chris directed Gold and in 1992 began Producing as well as directing with the epic Ray Bradbury Theatre. He directed the important miniseries Fallout.
In 1998 together with Chris Hampson and Greg McGee, he formed Screenworks, where he produced and directed Street Legal, Doves Of War and Orange Roughies.
In 2009 he returned to South Pacific Pictures as Managing Director with overall responsibility for production. Under his aegis, the company has produced 800 Words, The Almighty Johnsons, The Blue Rose, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, Spies & Lies and Westside.
Chris never accepts second best. He oversees productions ensuring that all crew are the best he can get, that casting has found the best actors, and all through post, he supervises the process, ensuring that every frame looks and sounds as good as it can. Chris’s passion for music has meant New Zealand audiences have been exposed to new and exciting New Zealand talent. He has championed new actors in all South Pacific Pictures’ productions. He has trained Producers and Directors, and mentored key crew.
He is a Producer who always brings the Production in on time and on budget, whilst maintaining the highest artistic standard.
He has won awards in NZ and internationally for his work. A true gentleman, who is respected by all who work with and for him. Chris Bailey has been a pillar of the New Zealand TV Production business and his record is unmatchable.
Independent Producer of the Year, sponsored by Crombie Lockwood
Philly de Lacey, Chief Executive of Screentime New Zealand
Over the last year, Philly de Lacey, as CEO of Screentime New Zealand Limited, has produced a raft of innovative, challenging, entertaining, educational and award-winning New Zealand content for our screens. Her work included the award-winning tele-feature drama How to Murder Your Wife, Venus & Mars, The Monster of Mangatiti, and Anzac Girls.
Philly is currently in pre-production on tele-features relating to the Rainbow Warrior bombing and the Pike River disaster as well as a further series of I am Innocent, the ongoing Police Ten 7 series, Marae DIY and the Inconceivable series relating to fertility issues.
Philly was been a SPADA board member in 2009 and 2010, and again from 2014 to 2015. She is a member of and supportive of WIFT. As part of a DEGNZ and NZ on Air mentoring initiative Philly has signed up to bring on board a Director Attachment for the Rainbow Warrior project. This is in keeping with her ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for young graduates as interns to gain work experience.
She has gathered a loyal, talented and productive team around her and is extremely supportive of them and determined to keep them all in work. She has an acute ability to think in a highly creative manner, whilst at the same time, being always mindful of the financial implications and responsibilities of each project.
Working with the NZ Tourism Board, Philly has forged strong relationships with Chinese and Canadian production companies with respect to the two reality series Daddy Where Are We Going and Vol 920.
Philly has made an outstanding contribution as an independent producer in the last year to the growth, development and promotion of the independent screen production industry.
SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year, Principal Sponsor Park Road Post Production
Alyx’s first feature The Red House won Best International Debut at REEL WORLD Film Festival, and BEST SELF FUNDED FEATURE at the NZ FILM AWARDS 2012. She self-distributed the film with a theatrical release in 35 cinemas in 2013.
Alyx has made films recognized for their excellence and creativity. She produced, directed and wrote shortThe Tide Keeper (2014), a silent film in which the dreams of a man who’s spent his life on the sea turn to nightmares. It has played at 20+ festivals winning awards: NZIFF NZ’s Best Short Film, WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL Best animated short, WHISTLER Best International Short, FIPRESCI Award at Vladivostok, JURY PRIZE at ANIMANIMA in Serbia. Yesterday in Auckland it won the Oscar-qualifying Best Film award as well as the awards for Best Director and Cinematography at Show Me Shorts.
In recent years Alyx was awarded a place at the highly prestigious Berlinale Talent Labs Doc-Lab; as well as undertook a six-month mentorship with Rolf de Heer as part of Script to Screen’s FilmUp Programme. She has just finished an NZFC director’s internship with Alison Maclean on The Rehearsal. As well as had her screenplay (written with writer and filmmaker Lani-rain Feltham) The Surrogate shortlisted for Sundance Writers Lab.
Alyx’s next feature is a co-production between Australia and New Zealand shooting mid 2016. Lonely Girl is a psychological thriller about an isolated young woman who accidentally runs down and badly hurts a suspected killer, produced by Sam Jennings of Causeway Films (The Babadook).
The SPADA Conference ran 12 – 13 November in Wellington.