25 Nov 2018

Diversity in front of, or behind the camera?

From Standing Room Only, 12:35 pm on 25 November 2018
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CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission Annabelle Sheehan has been making her presence felt in the industry with a series of initiatives, often inspired by the idea of more diversity.

Last week she announced funding for three feature films, with one proviso - that at least two of the key creatives on them be women.  But, asks Simon Morris, do women film-makers need that much encouragement?

Recent films The Breaker Upperers, My Year with Helen, Vermilion, and most of all Waru seem to indicate women are making films. But what's more important - women behind the scenes as directors and producers, or more women stories up on screen?