'producers' Posts

Lippy Pictures: Dramatising reality…

Posted on 11 November 2013

Lippy Pictures is an Auckland-based production company run by award-winning writer/producers Paula Boock and Donna Malane. Both had accomplished screen careers before partnering up as Lippy Pictures, and their success has continued since forming the company. They have made a name for themselves creating dramas and documentaries based on real people and events.

In this ScreenTalk, Boock and Malane talk about: 

  • How the right timing led to the creation of their production company
  • Wanting to tackle a gross injustice in Until Proven Innocent
  • The daunting task of filming the rape scene for the film
  • Being emotionally attached to Tangiwai: A Love Story
  • How Pirates of the Airwaves turned into one long romp
  • Being appalled by the story behind Field Punishment No.1
  • The challenge of re-creating World War I during an Auckland summer

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence



lippy pictures, production company, producers, paula boock, donna malane, until proven innocent, tangiwai a love story, pirates of the airwaves, field punishment no.1, radio hauraki, bob blair, david dougherty

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Robin Laing: Producing our stories…

Posted on 6 November 2012

Gaylene Preston has called Robin Laing "an oasis of reason and practicality" in the chaos that is filmmaking. Laing began making feature films at a time when women producers were rare in New Zealand. Since then she has produced an eclectic mix of features, short films and arts documentaries, and often lent a hand to emerging filmmakers. In this ScreenTalk interview, the MBE-awarded producer talks about:

  • A movie-mad childhood
  • First meeting director Gaylene Preston, who persuaded Laing to try out producing
  • Being told to go get a man –  and also that women "are not an audience" – while getting debut feature Mr Wrong off the ground
  • Distributing Mr Wrong themselves, after sellout festival screenings somehow persuaded distributors and TV networks the film had no audience
  • Her interest in history and telling our stories
  • Behind-the-scenes stories of covert property-buying for comedy hit Ruby and Rata
  • Persuading MP Sonja Davies to let a man write her story on the acclaimed Bread and Roses
  • Paying tribute to treasured collaborator Graeme Tetley
  • Working with filmmakers Shirley Horrocks (Flip & Two Twisters) and Niki Caro (The Vintner's Luck)
  • Her interest in working with emerging filmmakers, including on an anthology series for television
  • How women's stories have become more acceptable in the market place

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



bread and roses, ruby and rata, history, friendship, producers, women, filmmaking, feminism, herstory, producing, interviews, mr wrong, graeme tetley, sonja davies, niki caro, the vintner's luck

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