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Toa Fraser joins BSS line-up

Fresh from collecting good reviews in Toronto, The Dead Lands’ Toa Fraser will talk directing in a Big Screen Symposium session.

Following the Dead Lands’ premiere in Toronto, screeNZ’s Laszlo Kriston caught up with Fraser and producer Matthew Metcalfe.

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The programme for the third edition of the BSS is now available online, allowing organised souls the chance to start planning for what’s shaping to be a busy weekend. Only a couple of slots remain to be filled now, but there are already some hard choices to be made as being in two places at once remains a challenge.

While (without offence to this year’s speakers) there isn’t as big a name as last year’s Park Chan-Wook, there might be less diva to deal with this time around, which should make organisers’ lives easier and offer attendees a more enlightening and enjoyable experience.

Fraser’s producer on Dead Lands (and Giselle and Dean Spanley) Matthew Metcalfe will present a financing masterclass during the weekend. Continuing the “good year for NZ features” theme, most of the What We Do team, writer-directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi and producer Chelsea Winstanley, will discuss marketing and distribution.

The Big Screen Symposium runs 27 and 28 September at the University of Auckland.

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