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August 16, 2019 / RBA Journal

Footy fever

As rugby starts to dominate the national conversation, Three is screening Jonah, a two-part mini-series about the life and struggles of one of our greats. (Sunday 18th August, 8:30 p.m.) RBA’s Joel Tobeck steps in to some pretty big boots himself, playing coach Laurie Mains. David Skipwith has written a background piece about the production […]

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August 1, 2019 / RBA Journal

Whirimako at the Festival

RBA’s Whirimako Black is making another noteworthy screen appearance, in a short film called Upstream screening with the NZIFF. Written, produced and directed by Adriana Martins da Siva it tells the story of an immigrant from Portugal who develops a close friendship with her Māori neighbour while living in the Manawatu. A Portuguese transplant herself, […]

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July 15, 2019 / RBA Journal

Kiwi comedy on the rise

Premiering on 16 July – one of the new wave of local comedies launched out of Three’s 2018 Comedy Pilot Week. The show revolves around friendly single mum Jess (Morgana O’Reilly), highly strung mother Heather (Anna Jullienne) and experienced mother-of-five Hine (RBA’s Aroha Rawson) as they deal with being school parents. Here’s a great piece from Stuff

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Delighting in Dumbledore

George Henare is in his element. Music theatre is a great passion and it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Since January Harry Potter and The Cursed Child has been taking Melbourne by storm, with George playing Dumbledore in a massive two-part production. He recently talked with the NZ Herald about the experience. And in […]

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June 18, 2019 / RBA Journal

Cliff kicks off live-action shoot

Vitalthrills website reports that Producer Jon Landau has revealed on his Facebook page that the Avatar live-action filming is officially underway in Wellington, New Zealand. Cliff Curtis, who plays Tonowari in the Avatar sequels, brought 42 members of his family from the Ngati Rongomai tribe to conduct a traditional Māori Karakia (“blessing”) to kick off the Avatar live-action filming. “Was blown away,” Landau […]

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June 16, 2019 / RBA Journal

Amazing immersion in Wellington

Second Unit’s freaky night out What Will You Do In Shadows? got off to a roaring start and the season, which runs until 30th June, looks like a sellout. Reprising her film role as Paulina (The Beast) is RBA’s Elena Stejko, aided and abetted by Ian Harcourt as a spectacular zombie, with Batanai Mashingaidze, one […]

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May 24, 2019 / RBA Journal

Screen industry stats 2018

The recently released annual Statistics New Zealand screen industry survey shows that screen revenue eased since the record high level it saw in the 2016-17 financial year. Total screen industry revenue in the 2017-18 period was $3.3 billion. “This year to year change is typical of the cyclical nature of the screen industry. Looking at […]

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May 22, 2019 / RBA Journal

10 series get development funds

Development Funding Announced for Ten Drama Series from New Zealand New Zealand funding agencies, NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission have partnered on the development of ten series ideas with international and domestic appeal. The initiative, Raupapa Whakaari Drama to the World, will support each writer/producer team to develop distinctive, high-end scripted […]

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