• Auckland Theatre Awards 2015
    December 10, 2015

    A great night, some top talent recognised and rewarded. Congratulations to all; and a special mention for George Henare, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.


  • SFv1
    August 8, 2015

    Filming has started in Australia on Shane Abbess’s new sci-fi feature SFv1. Tem Morrison stars alongside includes Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Brent Foster and Rachel Griffiths. The nine week shoot takes place in Sydney and the South Australian outback

  • Maori Performance Mask
    July 23, 2015

    will be coming to life in August when Regan Taylor tackles Othello as a solo performance to be presented by Te Rehia Theatre Company at The Dark Room in Palmerston North.


  • Big win for Cliff
    June 8, 2015

    The Dark Horse and Cliff Curtis added to their ever-growing international plaudits with Best Film and Best Actor awards at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival. The 25-day festival screened 450 films, with more than 90,000 votes submitted by audience members. It is the largest and most well-attended film festival in North America.

  • MAMIL and Mark on a roll
    June 8, 2015

    The Nelson Mail added a terrific review to its  backgrounder about Mark Hadlow‘s two-wheeled riumph MAMIL, calling him  ‘as close as New Zealand has to a theatre rock star’.1433717304481

  • 'Patriarch' wraps
    May 27, 2015

    Lee Tamahori’s first New Zealand film since ‘Once Were Warriors’ has completed filming. The production has reunited Lee, producer Robin Scholes and Tem Morrison in a story based on Witi Ihimaera’s novel Bulbasha.

  • Tatau taking off
    April 6, 2015

    The South Pacific Pictures co-production Tatau has its premiere on BBC Three on April 12. Shot in Raratonga, it features a number of familiar NZ talents, including Tem Morrison. The fantasy adventure is also scheduled for BBC America.

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  • Re-connecting with Shortland Street
    April 6, 2015


    Joel Tobeck has rejoined the Shorty cast, this time as Jimmy Isaac, Kane’s dad. His return brings to light a number of intriguing familial and other linkages, as noted on the show’s website.

  • Going out on a high!
    April 1, 2015

    A great way to farewell his amazing career at TVNZ. Well done Jim, and congratulations to all the other winners in Best on the Box.

    Not surprising that Jim is already in demand at RBA Corporate


  • Further applause
    January 19, 2015

     The Dark Horse has come runner up to civil rights film Selma, in the Best Narrative film category, at the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.  “..an emotionally potent story of redemption anchored by a heart-piercing lead performance from Cliff Curtis.” (Hollywood Reporter)dark horse.1

  • NZ film - the winner on the night
    December 15, 2014

    nzfa-logo-2014Here is the full list. It’s certainly loaded with talent and great performances. A toast to the winners and heartfelt congratulations to all the participants. Very pleased too that  AAANZ is helping to recognise developing talent in Short Film.

  • Cliff Curtis: Best Actor Asia Pacific Film Festival
    December 15, 2014

    Ahead of the Moas,Cliff Curtis was awarded Best Actor at the Asia Pacific Film Festival in Brisbane  Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 17.53.15

  • Cliff Curtis in Walking Dead spin-off
    December 5, 2014

    Confirmation today of Cliff Curtis scoring the lead in a Walking Dead spin-off

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  • "All's well that ends well"
    December 2, 2014

    With the red green carpet barely rolled up in London and Wellington, Variety summed up the first reactions to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The Herald’s Dominic Corry wasn’t far behind. Graeme Tuckett at Stuff called it ‘a tale brought thunderously to a close‘.

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  • Tem's Debut Album
    November 27, 2014


    Launching on 28 November, Tem’s debut album features eleven tracks he grew up with. Here’s one on YouTube.

    On National Radio Tem talks to Sam Wicks about his new career path and his selections for Tem, and reflects on what Uncle Howard and his dad, Laurie Morrison, would have made of his moonlighting gig.

  • New Hobbit Trailer
    November 7, 2014

    The official trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released.

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  • Arts Award for Cliff
    November 6, 2014

    Congratulations to proud -and surprised – winner of a Laureate Award at the Qantas NZ Arts Awards, Cliff Curtis who now has a $50K windfall to put into his personal projects.


  • Box Office winner!
    November 4, 2014

    The Dead Lands grossed $306,564 on its opening Thursday to Sunday weekend, topping Brad Pitt World War II movie Fury which made $264,217 on its second weekend of release after opening with a take of $402,202.

  • 'Thoughtful, Sensitive, Witty, Bawdy and Unashamedly Local' (Erin Harrington)
    October 29, 2014

    Stag Weekend smallAn overwhelming public response has been reported for the world premiere at Christchurch’s Court Theatre of Stag Weekend. Written by Brendon Bennetts and Dan Bain, directed by Mark Hadlow, and numbering Owen Black in its fine cast, it tells how a stag party hunting trip to the West Coast for four overconfident and under-qualified city boys becomes increasingly dangerous – and hilarious – as they fumble towards discovering what it means to be a Kiwi bloke in 2014.

  • Red carpet and a black-tie Powhiri
    October 27, 2014

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    A much less fearsome Lawrence Makoare with Gabriella Larkin-Bruce at the Dead Lands premiere. The official New Zealand launch was marked by a spine-tingling Powhiri, captured by Maori TV. The film had a great reception and a lot of media interest prior to its October 30th release.

  • Being heard on the world stage
    October 24, 2014

    Natalie Beran A highlight of the leading industry event That’s Voiceover!, the inaugural Voice Arts Awards take place in New York on November 10th: and Natalie Beran is one of the nominees. The awards recognise achievement in voice over acting and related roles, and were established to help raise global awareness of what it takes to succeed in the industry, and set the tone for voice over professionals to follow. Natalie has been nominated for Outstanding Animation Demo Reel, which can be heard here.

  • More kudos for White Lies
    September 29, 2014


    Congratulations to Whiriamo Black and the rest of the team. White Lies received the Foreign Narrative Feature Audience Award at the La Costa Film Festival, now in its second year, which takes place near San Diego.white lies poster

  • Oscars dream for The Dead Lands
    September 28, 2014

    Toa Fraser’s THE DEAD LANDS is New Zealand’s submission for the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards.
    Every year the Academy invites countries to select and submit their best foreign language film for consideration. Selection of the film must be made by a committee that includes esteemed artists from the country’s film industry. The New Zealand Oscar Selection Committee comprises Sir Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, David Coulson, Ngila Dickson, John Toon and is chaired by NZFC CEO Dave Gibson.

  • Tops at TIFF
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations to all concerned with What We Do In The Shadows including Elena Stejko and Ian Harcourt, for their Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award!

  • September 12, 2014

    New trailer for The Dead Lands as worldwide interest grows..

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  • 'Happy Hour' kicks off
    September 10, 2014


    Tem Morrison leads a revival of the classic variety show formula on TV One, recorded with a live audience at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre. Co-hosted by Keisha Castle-Hughes, along with Thane Kirby, The Modern Maori Quartet and guests, it proved a happy surprise for Herald critic Colin Hogg. Happy Hour can be seen on Saturdays at 9:30 and TVNZ Ondemand.

  • Toronto trio
    September 5, 2014

    toronto-international-film-festival-websiteWe’re very proud of the New Zealand presence at this year’s event – and delighted that they all feature Robert Bruce Agency artists, two of them in lead roles. Congratulations to What We Do In The Shadows (Elena Stejko, Ian Harcourt), The Dark Horse (Cliff Curtis, Niwa Whatuira) and The Dead Lands (Lawrence Makoare, George Henare)

  • September 5, 2014

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    As The Dead Lands makes its world premiere appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival, Mark Adams, chief film critic of Screen Daily, praised the film as ‘an energetic, glossy and exciting New Zealand Maori action-adventure’ and made special mention of Lawrence’s performance

  • 'poignant and sharply comical'
    July 29, 2014

    Mark Hadlow-MAMIL - Version 2For those who remember SNAG it’s a very welcome return, for those who don’t, MAMIL is a revelation. Mark Hadlow is back in solo mode with a vengeance, exploring middle age to the delight of audiences and critics alike. The Herald Theatre, Auckland from July 25th and Prefab Hall Wellington from September 5th


  • Toronto World Premiere announced
    July 24, 2014

    UntitledYoung James Rolleston’s career takes another leap forward in Māori action epic The Dead Lands which will have its world premiere with a Special Presentation at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. The Dead Lands is the fourth feature by acclaimed New Zealand director Toa Fraser and is based on a script by Glenn Standring. The film also stars Lawrence Makoare (above),Te Kohe Tuhaka, George Henare, Xavier Horan and Rena Owen .