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Talking Heads: New Zealand Writers Guild, 28 March 2016


Celebration (sɛlɪˈbreɪʃ(ə)n): to praise (someone or something): to say that (someone or something) is great or important.

First let us celebrate our newest Lifetime Membership Award recipient, Anthony McCarten. NZWG President Pip Hall and Vice-President Steve Barr presented the award to Anthony at his NZ Festival Writers Week talk ‘The Life of Anthony’ in Wellington. This Lifetime Membership Award is intended to celebrate Anthony’s achievements as a script writer and highlight his services to the industry. His drive and passion shine a light on New Zealand creativity and scriptwriting. We are honoured and delighted to have Anthony back in the fold. You can watch Anthony’s NZ On Screen talk here.

NZWG has a proud tradition of celebrating. Every year we host the annual Screenwriter Awards (SWANZ), we award the efforts of NZWG writers work on big and small screens. We even celebrate the yet to be seen, by announcing the winner(s) of the Unproduced Feature Film Competition.

New Zealanders aren’t necessarily known for high levels of celebratory prowess, however we at the NZWG believe this is a skillset easily developed. The more we highlight the successes of our fellow creators, the more we highlight our own abilities to create in Aotearoa.

The NZWG sees the Core Services it offers, such as the Career Advice or the Career Checklist service, as helping our writer members work more professionally towards their goals and get closer to that feeling of celebration. Celebrating the full stop on the final page of their feature film script or celebrating the completion of the filming of their television script. The NZWG is here to foster a more professional and equally successful pathway for each member. Handy hint: members, send us an email or give us a call at HQ to book in one of these services.

Connection (kəˈnɛkʃ(ə)n): a relationship in which a person or thing is linked or associated with something else.

Without that vital connection to creative partners there may not be any reason for celebration. Most scripts aren’t written without the help of some form of connection between the Writer and a Producer, a Director, or without access to some form of development funding. Unfortunately a script cannot film itself.

To this end, the NZWG partnered with DEGNZ (Directors and Editors Guild of NZ) and SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association of NZ) to host three national networking events in an effort to stimulate collaborative connections. Christchurch kicked things off, with what we aim to be annual events, on March 9 with a small but mighty group of film-makers raising a glass and sampling the delicious nibbles on offer. Auckland came together on March 16, with a loud and laughing group of collaborators sharing tales and putting faces to familiar names. Wellington was the final destination on March 23, hosting more than just a selection of tasty treats, with a talk from NZWG VP Steve Barr and one from GROW Wellington with their latest offerings.

Check in with us about further events to help you (yes, you there, with fingers on the keyboard) generate connections that may become your future celebrations. The next event on the NZWG calendar is the AGM, March 31, 6pm start at HQ on Ponsonby Road.

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