Producer Trevor Haysom, casting agent Diana Rowan (pictured)and up-and-coming filmmaker Florian Habicht were all honoured at the close ofthe annual conference of the Screen Production and Development Association ofNew Zealand.
Haysom had something else to celebrate - within two days ofbeing awarded the title of inaugural independent producer of the year:
The film opened in third position seven weeks ago and hasbeen in the top ten ever since. By this weekend it will have grossed A$500,000in Australia for Icon after four weeks on release - in NZ it is being handledby Hoyts on Icon's behalf.
Rowan, who happened to cast Emily Barclay in
She is currently working on writer/director Toa Fraser's
The NZ component of the period film based on NZ motorcyclelegend Burt Munro, started shooting this week after some weeks in Utah.
Habicht has been a finalist in SPADA's new filmmaker of theyear category for the past three years. He has made three feature lengthdigital films including Woodenheadand, more recently, the documentary KaikoheDemolition.