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NZ Update 17.1 Safety Revisited

(This is easier to read over on Medium)

Just before the #directedbywomen screenings in Auckland, I tumbled down a steep flight of wooden steps in Auckland's Ayr Street Reserve. Cracked one ankle and broke the fibula in my other leg. Missed spring gardening. Missed all of Wanuri Kahiu's visit (but not some beautiful responses from the many people she inspired and revitalised).

Couldn't transcribe or edit my #directedbywomen Skype interview with Isabel Coixet. Couldn't edit and publish other almost-ready interviews I cherished. Couldn't organise more screenings that filmmakers had requested, with the films' directors beamed in to Te Auaha's small treasure of a cinema for Q & As, also via Skype.

After two months almost entirely at home, half-way down a pedestrian-access steep zigzag, I'm fully mobile again. With thanks to the Accident Compensation Corporation's (ACC, our universal no-fault accidental injury scheme) fine services; to a traditional Ch…

Julia Berg is On Her Way (to NZ)

Julia Berg is offering a day-long workshop to up to eight lucky New Zealanders, on Saturday January 19. Ideal for many of us who've made new year resolutions to advance our projects and I wish I could be there, because of her experience and the workshop's potential to link into the big wide world. Here's the workshop link.

Originally from Australia, Julia has worked for leading BAFTA and Academy award production companies including New York's Likely Story working with people like Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York) and Nicole Holofcener (Please Give). Most recently she worked in development for producer James Wilson with filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) and Wilson's slate of auteur filmmakers.

Julia has developed material for Maven Pictures (Andrea Arnold's American Honey), worked with partners such as the BBC, Film4, Screen Austrailia and the BFI; and has shaped material into films that have premiered at Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca Fil…