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By November 1947, the Hutt Valley experience had encouraged the formation of 13 other co-ops in state housing suburbs; a development which overwhelmed the organising capacity of the NZFC. There were, however, only six new co-ops registered between 1950 and 1957 of which only one survived until the late 1960s.
Teen fantasy "Mountain" will lense in Auckland next year and is backed by the NZFC with coin from London-based Capitol Films and NZ On Air.
NZFC CEO Ruth Harley tells Variety, '"We've had some private investment in the last few years, there's an upward trend but still very small."
(26) I wanted to shift the story into an identifiably New Zealand setting not only to underline these thematic and intertextual connections, but also to normalize the presence of new immigrant communities in this setting, and to ensure we would not be excluded from NZFC post-production funding further down the track.
"We have sold the film to more than 20 territories, including significant European countries," says Kathleen Drumm, the NZFC's head of sales and marketing.
(12) Robert McKee, 'Story Structure in Screenwriting', NZFC Lecture series, Auckland and Wellington, January 1998.
New Zealand Film Commission event; NZFC office, 1st floor, Gray d'Albion
And it should, because NZ taxpayers have financed this film and every NZFC short film to the tune of what, seventy, ninety thousand dollars?
The NZFC has pre-sold "Demons" to France (Studio Canal Plus and FIP Prods) and the Benelux territories, and marketing director Lindsay Shelton reports strong interest from distribs in Japan and South Korea.
Last week, Shelton disclosed that he's agreed to stay at the NZFC as a consultant through the end of this year to ensure a smooth transition with his successor.
His will be very hard shoes to fill," says NZFC chief exec Ruth Harley.
The project is a triumph for the NZFC, a state- and lottery-funded film bank that has been the major production catalyst here since the modern era of local filmmaking began with Roger Donaldson's "Sleeping Dogs" in 1975.
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