This is a really special session. The BSS 2020 audience will get a sneak preview of five up-and-coming New Zealand feature films. The directors of these films will show a never before seen clip from their film, share what drove them to make it and some knowledge they gained along the way.

Featuring Briar Grace-Smith and Ainsley Gardiner with Cousins, Linda Niccol with Poppy,  Julia Parnell with Six60: Till the Lights Go Out, Matthew Saville with Juniper and Curtis Vowell with Baby Done.


Directed by Briar Grace-Smith and Ainsley Gardiner
Written by Briar Grace-Smith and Patricia Grace
Produced by Ainsley Gardiner and Georgina Allison Conder
The story of Mata, raised by a cruel guardian who keeps her from her family, Makareta, the reluctant princess of her tribe, and Missy, overlooked but in the end the glue that holds them together. Three cousins, once thrown together and as women grown apart, ultimately sharing a connection that can never be broken.


Written and Directed by Linda Niccol
Produced by Alex Cole-Baker and Robin Liang
The story of a young woman with Down syndrome who refuses to be defined by her disability and decides to take control of her life.

Six60: Till the Lights Go Out

Directed by Julia Parnell
Produced by Nicola Peeperkoorn and Julia Parnell
Harnessing the fighting spirit of the rugby field, SIX60 transformed a desire to win into musical domination in Aotearoa. Now the band must reconcile aggressive ambition and creative vulnerability to prove they are worthy of their success.


Written and Directed by Matthew J Saville
Producers Desray Armstrong and Angela Littlejohn
On returning home from boarding school, a self-destructive teenager discovers his gin-soaked grandmother has moved in.  A battle of wills ensues which enables him to embrace life again, and her to face her own mortality.

Baby Done

Directed by Curtis Vowell
Written by Sophie Henders
Producer Morgan Waru
Wannabe-adventurer Zoe freaks out when she falls pregnant to her long-term boyfriend Tim. As Tim embraces the prospect of fatherhood, Zoe attempts to rush through her dreams.