New Shorts

2013 Shorts Season

KJ HamiltonMiss Penny by KJ Hamilton

One of the winners of the New Shorts playwriting competition 2012.

Kirsty graduated as an actress from Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School in 1992, played Juliet, Rosalind, Maria and other Shakespearean roles, Mouse in Roimata, Valerie in The Weir, Joan in Is, and Grace in the NZ feature Saving Grace. In 2007 she was the SGCNZ International Artistic fellow alongside Rawiri Paratene at Shakespeare's Globe theater in London. She graduated from European Act with the London Actors Center and RADA in 2009 and obtained her MA in script writing from the IIML in 2012. She is currently finding funding for two short films she has written, and continuing to develop her first feature script before going back to study directing for screen at the University of Auckland in 2014.

  • Miss Penny by KJ Hamilton ( 14′ 46″ )

    Miss Penny is set in London where a woman in deep trouble receives help from an unexpected source. One of the winners of the annual New Shorts writing competition. WARNING: Rated PG - deals with self-harm but resolution is positive.

    From New Shorts on 25 Aug 2013

Cast: Nancy Brunning, Joe Dekkers-Reihana, Moana Ete, Erina Daniels, Matariki Whatarau, Richard Osborne and Melissa Phillips

Produced by Jason Te Kare and engineered by Phil Benge for Radio New Zealand

Francesca EmmsMermaid by Francesca Emms

One of the winners of the New Shorts playwriting competition 2012.

Francesca has an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) and a BA in Theatre and English from Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Mermaid by Francesca Emms ( 14′ 33″ )

    Sophie decides she's not going to be like the Little Mermaid who gave up her voice for a man.

    From New Shorts on 18 Aug 2013

Cast: Phoebe Hurst, Francesca Emms, Alex Greig and Richard Dey

Produced by Prue Langbein and engineered by Jason McClelland

Andy JamesThe Audio Files of the Morepork by Andy James

One of the winners of the New Shorts playwriting competition 2012.

  • The Audio Files of the Morepork by Andy James ( 14′ 1″ )

    A quirky cartoonish comedy about a little known, very kiwi superhero - The Morepork who has vowed to keep the streets safe and bring villains to justice. His alter ego, Mark is a student who by day lives an unassuming life in a crumby flat and takes an interest in Dungeon and Dragons.

    From New Shorts on 07 Jul 2013

Cast: Ralph McGubbin-Howell as the Morepork, with Brian Sergent, Erin Banks, Chelsea Bognuda, Christopher Brougham and  Russell Smith

Produced by Duncan Smith and engineered by Jason McLelland