Susi celebrates soaring successes

00:55, May 26 2010
"WOMAN IN FILM": Documentary filmmaker Susi Newborn has scored a top job in the industry

An island documentary filmmaker is celebrating the landing of a top job as her latest film goes from strength to strength.

Resident Susi Newborn is to take up the reins as executive director of Women in Film and Television New Zealand (WIFT NZ) early next month.

WIFT NZ is a not-for-profit organisation that advocates for women in the screen industries.

It is part of an established international network that has more than 40 branches worldwide, representing over 10,000 members.

Ms Newborn will be leaving her present employment as climate change campaign co-ordinator for Oxfam to start her new job on June 8.

Meanwhile, she is looking forward to seeing the film she made last year with co-director Claudia Pond-Eyley on television this weekend.


The 47-minute film, "Kit and Maynie. Tea, Scones and Nuclear Disarmament" is being screened by Sky's Documentary channel this Saturday, May 29, at 9.30pm.

It is about peace activists Kit (now known as Kara) Nelson and Maynie Thompson who met selling tea and scones at the Ostend Saturday market and live on the island.

"This is a chance for anyone who hasn't seen it on the big screen to see it on TV. We've also got funding to send the DVD of the film to schools and libraries around the country - fantastic," Ms Newborn says.

It comes hot on the heels of recent good news from distributors Smiley Faces, which took the film to the MIPTV Media Market in Cannes last month.

Ms Newborn says the company received interest in screening or distributing the film in Russia, UK, Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Middle East, Iran, and Singapore.

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