In the South
It's been a massive year for Daniel Borgman - with a debut feature film and a myriad of awards to match, 2013 will be hard to top.
1) What was your personal highlight of 2013?
I guess the biggest personal highlight was having my debut feature The Weight of Elephants come out in New Zealand and Danish cinemas and get out into the world at film festivals all over the place. I also won the New Writer prize at the New Zealand screenwriting awards. And I bought an apartment in Copenhagen, which was a pretty big thing for me.
2) What was your biggest regret?
Spending time worrying and feeling bad about things that I have no control over, instead of just getting out there and having fun. I think wasting time is something I regret a lot (I need to work on that!).
3) What was your best purchase of the year?
I guess my new apartment in Copenhagen. I'm hopeless at organising things, so managing to pull that off was pretty great . . . But I also bought a really nice surfboard!
4) Most embarrassing moment of the year?
Surprisingly, I didn't really do anything too embarrassing, but I'm embarrassing most of the time, so I get desensitised to just how embarrassing I really am.
5) What made you laugh this year?
Numerous videos on YouTube with animals doing funny stuff, especially that one of dogs that are afraid of cats!
6) What made you angry this year?
New Zealand's prime minister, he pretty much constantly angers me.
7) What new skill did you learn?
Well, I learnt a lot about apartment renovation. I discovered that I hate plastering.
8) How has your life changed from January 1 to now?
Lots of things have happened, but the most important thing is all the new people I've met, and new friends. New friends are awesome!
9) What's your goal for 2014?
To be happy! Also to get my second feature into production (and to get my finances in order!).
10) Tell us a secret . . .
Well, my 4-year-old niece tells me that boys forget everything. Apparently girls don't forget anything, but boys totally do.
- The Southland Times