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V48 Hours Women (podcast)

I've written about about New Zealand's 48 Hours competition several times (see links below). So few teams have women writers and directors and I believe that this low representation contributes to our minimal participation in feature filmmaking.

This year, I interviewed three 48 Hours women directors, to find out what attracts them to the competition and how they experience it. So here are Francesca Jago, Laurie Wright, Ruth Korver, each inspired by and enthusiastic about 48 Hours (more about them at the links below and in the podcast). And after they have their say, Gaylene Preston, who created the 48 Hours Gaylene Preston Productions/ Women in Film & Television Best Woman Director award. She talks about the award and women's roles in the competition, why she supports the competition and the kinds of things people can do to prepare for it; among other things, she suggests that we watch The Five Obstructions, about a challenge Lars von Trier created for fellow filmmaker Jørgen Leth, his friend and mentor.

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Francesca Jago

Laurie Wright
Ruth Korver at right, with Vanessa Patea
Francesca Jago 
Skinny at Bowl-A-Rama

Laurie Wright 
Wright Productions

Ruth Korver
How To Meet Girls From a Distance (Make My Movie winner) Twitter Facebook
Traces of Nut
Electric Pink Company

Gaylene Preston
Gaylene Preston Productions

Gaylene Preston

48 HOURS 2012

48 HOURS in Wellywoodwoman
Low representation
V48 Hours: Women filmmakers working together? (includes video interview with Francesca Jago)
Make My Movie, Gynophobia & Mavericks
In passing here and here.


  1. Thank you very much, Marian! And thank you also to Francesca, Laurie, Ruth and Gaylene!


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