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SWANZ names finalists

This year`s SWANZ bash announces new finalists and a new host to go with its new date and venue. Te Radar takes over the hosting duties with former host Oscar Kightley nominated this time around (for Best Feature Film Script for Sione`s Wedding with James Griffin).

Griffin is one of three writers up for awards in consecutive years along with Gavin Strawhan and Nick Ward. Strawhan took a share in two awards last year, for Best Television Drama Episode (Nothing Trivial, Episode 1 with Rachel Lang) and Best Feature Film Script (Matariki with Michael Bennett).

Lambs, which picked up some gongs and cash at the NZFF`s inaugural short film competition recently, is nominated here for Best Short Film Script.

This year`s SWANZ runs Friday 31 August at the Classic in Auckland, offering the “best party/ceremony ratio in the history of awards evenings”. Tickets (NZWG Members $40, NZWG Non-Members $60) are available from NZWG.

This year`s nail-biters are:

Best Feature Film Script
Existence by Jessica Charlton & Juliet Bergh
Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business by James Griffin & Oscar Kightley
Good for Nothing by Mike Wallis

Best Short Film Script
Lambs by Sam Kelly
The Dump by Hamish Bennett
Milk & Honey by Marina McCartney

Best Play
Snip by April Phillips
Mike & Virginia by Nick Ward & Kathryn Burnett
The Pantry Shelf by Mark Prebble & Marion Shortt

Best Television Episode: Comedy Script
Hounds, Episode 5 by Thedownlowconcept
Auckland Daze, Episode 4 by Millen Baird
Golden, Episode 3 by Lucy Schmidt & Stayci Taylor

Best Television Episode: Drama Script
The Almighty Johnsons, Series 2, Episode 5  by James Griffin
Nothing Trivial, Series 1, Episode 13 by Rachel Lang
Go Girls, Series 4, Episode 1 by Gavin Strawhan

Best One-off Television Drama
Safehouse by John Banas
Siege by John Banas
What Really Happened – Votes for Women by Gavin Strawhan

On 22 August, the NZWG announced the finalists in its inaugural Unproduced Feature Film Script category, with some familiar names making the cut and half the entries being turned out by two writers.

Linda Niccol leads the way with three scripts named among the final ten finalists. Niccol has a number of short film credits and a co-writer credit on Paul Murphy`s debut feature Second Hand Wedding to her name.

With two finalist entries, Shortland Street script typist Casey Whelan is the other multiple nominee. Two years ago, Whelan was selected for the NZWG/NZFC-supported mentorship programme to develop feature scripts with Alan Sharp (Dean Spanley, Rob Roy, The Osterman Weekend).

SWANZ does its annual dash at the Civic in Auckland on Friday 31 August. Tickets from NZWG.

The full list of finalists up for the Unproduced Feature Script goodies is:

Random Acts of Violence by Guy McDouall
Abandoned Islands by Maya Hammarsal
Looking for Lila Ray by Linda Niccol
Poppy by Linda Niccol
Miss Adventure by Linda Niccol
Hurricane Farm by Tim Carter
Meanage by Joe Lonie
You and Me by Casey Whelan
Living  La Vida Lagos by Casey Whelan
Annabelle by Jackie Van Beek

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