Big Screen Symposium

Brita McVeigh is a Dramaturg and Acting Coach. She coaches and consults with actors, directors, writers, producers, editors and cinematographers. Brita’s working methodology has contributed to the development of more than 126 feature films, short films, television and theatre projects.   

Recent completed feature film productions include STRAY by Dustin Feneley, THE INLAND ROAD by Jackie Van Beek, (Berlin International Film Festival/Generation 2017), SPOOKERS by Florian Habicht for Madman Entertainment (Hot docs, Sydney International Film Festival 2017) and HUMAN TRACES BY Nic Gorman (TIFF 2017). 

Brita has worked with screenwriters and filmmakers including Cate Shortland, Taika Waititi, Mia Wasikowska, Florian Habicht, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Sophie Henderson, Curtis Vowell, Dustin Feneley, Michelle Savill, Max Currie, Jackie Van Beek, Nic Gorman and documentary filmmakers Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith. She has recently worked with producers that include Penny Chapman at Matchbox Pictures, Kath Shelper at Scarlett Pictures, Tom Hern at Four Knights Films, Carthew Neal at Fumes, Ainsley Gardiner and Georgina Condor at Miss Conception Films, Nadia Maxwell at Overactive Imagination, Desray Armstrong at Lie Low Ltd, Tui Ruwhiu at Tauhiu Media and Julia Parnell at Notable Pictures.  

Brita is a regular guest teacher at AFTRS, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. She is an advisory board member and Story Advisor at Story Camp Aotearoa, a residential retreat for screenwriters. 

In 2011, Brita created the Acting for Humans workshop series, which she runs in both New Zealand and Australia. Focused on embodied listening, Brita’s workshops have been attended by over 700 creative professionals.  

In a previous life, Brita helmed a feature length documentary ‘Coffee, Tea or Me?’ which received an audience award at the 50th Sydney International Film Festival, and worked as a Development Executive for Victor Entertainment at Capital Cities ABC and SpringCreek Productions/Warner Bros on projects with HBO/NYC and PBS Frontline.  

See Brita in the following sessions:

Directing with So Yong Kim – Sunday 1 October, 11.10am

In Conversation with Luke Davies and David Michô – Sunday 1 October, 2:40pm