A high powered board

June 24th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Steven Joyce and Chris Finlayson have announced:

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today announced the formation of the Screen Advisory Board.

The Screen Advisory Board, announced by the Government in December 2013, will help the New Zealand screen sector create the skills and connections to be able to generate their own intellectual property, compete internationally and attract overseas finance.

The six-member Board will also assist the New Zealand Film Commission, Film New Zealand, and the New Zealand screen sector to market and promote the New Zealand screen industry overseas.

Sounds good. So who got appointed:

  • James Cameron is an Academy Award-winning Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter and editor who has directed the two biggest box office films of all timeTitanic and Avatar.
  • Jon Landau is an American film producer. He is best known for producing Titanic, a film which won him an Academy Award, and most recently, Avatar.
  • Sir Peter Jackson is an Academy Award-winning New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter.  He is best known as the director, producer and screenwriter of The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and its prequel The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014).
  • Fran Walsh is an Academy Award-winning New Zealand screenwriter, film producer and lyricist.  She is best known for her work as producer and screenwriter on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.
  • Andrew Adamson is a New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter based mainly in Los Angeles. His animation films, Shrek and Shrek 2, received an Academy Award nomination. He was director, executive producer, and scriptwriter for C. S. Lewis’The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • Jane Campion is an Academy Award-winning New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. She is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is also the first female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d’Or, which she received in 1993 for directing The Piano, for which she also won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

That’s almost ridiculously high powered. Great to have those six giving up their time for free, to help market and promote the NZ screen industry overseas.

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39 Responses to “A high powered board”

  1. big bruv (13,887 comments) says:

    Question. How much (if anything) is this costing me as a tax payer?

    If this is not costing the tax payer a cent then great. If however (as I suspect) this is another example of “the arts” troughing off the tax payer then I am totally against it. The taxpayer should not be funding “the arts” at all.

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  2. duggledog (1,556 comments) says:

    Shit that is phenomenal. What a line up! Better than a whole bunch of worthies who have made obscure art films nobody saw or understood, but who moved in the right circles.

    If it brings more American $ into the country then all good. You got to spend money to make money BB

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  3. Sonny Blount (1,782 comments) says:

    Jane Campion duggledog

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  4. Matt (227 comments) says:

    I’d have liked to see someone from the Tax Payer’s Union in there

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  5. Harriet (4,969 comments) says:

    “…..If however (as I suspect) this is another example of “the arts” troughing off the tax payer then I am totally against it…..”

    Exactly big bruv.

    Jackson et el will help make loads of money for all the stakeholders including staff – and of course the government in the way of taxes – and then Key, just like Helen – will give some of THAT to the low life Peter Pans who live in fucken fantasy land instead of the real world, and who get $50k in grants to produce paintings of fucken splattered paint – which then inhabit the walls of government departments – which is usually the departmental head offices in wellington!

    Business as usual – soviet style!

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  6. Tinshed (170 comments) says:

    Shit that is phenomenal. What a line up! Better than a whole bunch of worthies who have made obscure art films nobody saw or understood, but who moved in the right circles.

    If you seriously think that “nobody saw” the Lord Of The Rings films then you need to start taking your meds again. Seriously, we all should be proud of such a talented bunch of New Zealanders and that they have agreed to work together. Baseless, ignorant comments like yours belong on The Standard.

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  7. SGA (1,025 comments) says:

    And pleasing that four NZers fit so naturally into such a high-powered group of six.

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  8. Northland Wahine (667 comments) says:

    I think DDs comments were along the lines of yours tinshed. As he admires the talent of this board. And it is impressive.

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  9. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    Tinshed, err ummm, not sure how to tell you this………

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  10. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Excellent, tax payers money funding a group to help guide the mega rich in their quest to make millions in NZ. Thanks Labour National.

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  11. Steve Wrathall (284 comments) says:

    ‘… to be able to generate their own intellectual property, compete internationally and attract overseas finance.” Great. I look forward to them recommending the removal of all corporate welfare for the film industry and the removal of red tape and lowering of taxes for every business and individual.

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  12. Tinshed (170 comments) says:

    Tinshed, err ummm, not sure how to tell you this………

    I’m all ears…

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  13. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    Joyce and Finlayson should be applauded for getting a Board of this calibre together.

    Any initiative to generate revenue (and protect local IP), should be supported.

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  14. ciaron (1,434 comments) says:

    Read duggledog’s comment again. He’s saying this is a good appointment, in contrast to the usual appointee types who have little in the way of commercial success.

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  15. Colville (2,268 comments) says:

    (and protect local IP), should be supported.

    They are booting Dotcon out of the country too?

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  16. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    @Colville (8.09am): I wish….

    I’d even spring for his airfare. And I’d make sure he was allocated 59K at the very back of NZ6…. :lol:

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  17. tvb (4,421 comments) says:

    Getting these high powered people together in one place at one time will be impossible, so I am a little uncertain how it will work in practice.

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  18. shady (246 comments) says:

    “We are very pleased that such an eminent panel of screen professionals has agreed to contribute their time and expertise to support the New Zealand screen sector on a pro-bono basis,” Mr Joyce says.

    Not sure how to do the indent quote thingy – but these talented people are giving their time pro-bono – ie. FREE.

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  19. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    shady

    FREE you say… Like they want nothing in return for their time. No tax cuts on their next major film… Nothing… Like we’ve never poured tax payers money into these guys pockets before so they don’t need to risk their own money…. FREE … ha ha

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  20. alloytoo (542 comments) says:

    @tvb

    Jon Landau is the only one who doesn’t appear to have a residence in NZ (he may, I don’t know). NZ is probably one of the few places outside LA where you could get these particular folks together.

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  21. m@tt (629 comments) says:

    @shady, There will be costs associated with running the board which will be met by the tax payer, and whether or not they receive payment for time is irrelevant, like almost any other industry-government board this will be a vehicle to siphon tax payer money into their pockets and their mates pockets.

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  22. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    It’s a good board all right. But what will they actually do? I can’t see them ever being together in the same place, or having much time to devote to the Film Commission.

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  23. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    I very much doubt if any of the people named will get any financial assistance from the taxpayer.
    I am open to be proven wrong.
    Travel expenses possibly, but that is all I expect.

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  24. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Film commission … state run business – lucky we’re not a socialist country where the state seek to own all production. God forbid the business of making millions via films is left to the private sector.

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  25. Keeping Stock (10,339 comments) says:

    But isn’t James Cameron one of those evil immigrants who has been buying up vast tracts of New Zealand making us tenants in our own land? I expect Winston Peters to go ballistic over this!

    Oh, hang on. Cameron is Canadian, not Chinese. That’s ok them :D

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  26. I Say Look Here (57 comments) says:

    Oh my god guys, you’re so right.

    We don’t want our taxpayer dollars being used to help “the New Zealand screen sector create the skills and connections to be able to generate their own intellectual property, compete internationally and attract overseas finance.”

    And perish the thought we’d ever want to “market and promote the New Zealand screen industry overseas.”

    Far out, whatever next?

    At this rate anytime now they’ll bring in talking in the movies.

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  27. fr8traindigital (11 comments) says:

    Put this list alongside the Labour Party list for a laugh!

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  28. I Say Look Here (57 comments) says:

    Incidently, isn’t it lucky they didn’t decide to call it the Screen and Culture Advisory Board?

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  29. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    Cameron, Walsh and Jackson don’t inspire me with confidence. They can produce some pretty looking films but the story writing in them leaves a lot to be desired.

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  30. Redbaiter (8,823 comments) says:

    What the hell does it matter what kind of films they produce, who they are or whether you like them or not????

    FFFS, the issue here is why should the govt have anything to do with film making?

    Can’t you people ask yourself this simple question??

    Its bullshit. If the socialist idiot Cameron and his friends want to form some kind of board to market films or grow the industry then they can do it themselves.

    If they want to generate wealth for NZ they can do it without Joyce or Finlayson.

    This is just more Labour Party bullshit coming from the National Party.

    Throw these bums out.

    They’re useless socialists who have no business being in the National Party.

    Founding principles of National Party-

    “To promote good citizenship and self-reliance; to combat communism and socialism; to maintain freedom of contract; to encourage private enterprise; to safeguard individual rights and the privilege of ownership; to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry”.

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  31. ross411 (838 comments) says:

    alloytoo (406 comments) says:
    June 24th, 2014 at 8:41 am
    @tvb

    Jon Landau is the only one who doesn’t appear to have a residence in NZ (he may, I don’t know). NZ is probably one of the few places outside LA where you could get these particular folks together.

    Maybe he is just another rich prick trying to buy their way in.. ;-) This board is clearly a mistake which the Labour will rectify when they get into power, there are high powered union members who have worked hard to make this country a better place for unwanted actors who could use the position well to graft us all.. take Helen Kelly for instance.

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  32. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    It would suffice to quote the following National Party principle:-
    To promote good citizenship and self-reliance; to combat communism and socialism; to maintain freedom of contract; to encourage private enterprise; to safeguard individual rights and the privilege of ownership; to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry”.

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  33. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    All to make subsidies for the film industry acceptable?

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  34. SGA (1,025 comments) says:

    Redbaiter at 10:31 am

    Its bullshit. If the socialist idiot Cameron and his friends want to form some kind of board to market films or grow the industry then they can do it themselves.
    … snip …
    Founding principles of National Party-
    “..snip.. to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry”.

    Well that principle has always been a bit flexible. For decade after decade, successive National Governments chose to keep structures such as the Apple and Pear Marketing Board, New Zealand Meat Producers Board, New Zealand Dairy Board, New Zealand Wool Board.

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  35. wiseowl (893 comments) says:

    So what SGA.
    These were not funded by the government.

    I get pissed off when I read this crap about generating wealth for NZ when I am surrounded by small businesses ,some exporting ,that have to deal with so much compliance and shit and somehow battle their way through.
    And thats with no special help from the government.
    National and the free market. yeah right.

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  36. goldnkiwi (1,304 comments) says:

    Absolutely fabulous :)

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  37. SGA (1,025 comments) says:

    wiseowl at 6:26 pm

    So what SGA.
    These were not funded by the government.

    Never said these were, and I don’t know exactly what funding models were used – wasn’t relevant to my point; i.e., principles like “to oppose interference by the State in business” have often been tempered by a certain pragmatism since the creation of the National Party (rightly or wrongly, depending on your point of view).

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  38. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Jack5 (4,485 comments) says:
    June 24th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    All to make subsidies for the film industry acceptable?

    More than likely…..

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  39. goldnkiwi (1,304 comments) says:

    Before the obligatory bagging, can we see what they come up with first? I personally think it is great that people of such worldwide renown choose New Zealand, they can’t all think we are soft, as one could feel lately, can they?

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