Emma Slade runs production company Firefly Films. Her producing credits include 1981 Springbok tour drama Rage and Margaret Mahy tale The Changeover. She was one of the producers of Ant Timpson's "deranged comic" thriller Come to Daddy, Chinese-Kiwi fantasy Into the Rainbow, and an associate producer on Brazilian/Kiwi drama Little Secret. In 2017 Slade was one of six founders of the Screen Women's Action Group (SWAG), which advocates against sexual harassment. The group was inspired by the #MeToo movement, after US producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of rampant sexual abuse.
As New Zealanders, we do tend to joke and laugh. We work in a stressful, intense environment, so you need humour to liven it up. But when people get a bit handsy or make comments that are inappropriate, women don’t want to say anything in case they look like a spoilsport. Emma Slade, co-founder of Screen Women's Action Group (SWAG), in The Listener, 14 April 2018
The movie version of Margaret Mahy's first novel for young adults is still set in Christchurch, but the time period is now post-quake. Teenager Laura Chant (newcomer Erana James) encounters a very strange man (Brit actor Timothy Spall, from Mr Turner) and a boy with a secret. The coming of age fantasy has been a longtime passion project for husband and wife team Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt, who have worked to keep their version as "dark and scary" as the Carnegie Award-winning original. The cast also includes Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) and Lucy Lawless.
TV movie Rage recreates the 1981 Springbok tour, which saw violent clashes between protestors and police. Ryan O'Kane (Second Hand Wedding) plays the protestor whose girlfriend (Maria Walker) is actually an undercover cop who has infiltrated the anti-tour movement. The script was written by Tom Scott — who protested, in-between writing a humour column in The Listener — and his brother-in-law Grant O'Fee, who was a detective sergeant in Wellington. Rage was nominated for five NZ TV Awards, including Best One-Off Drama, Director (Danny Mulheron) and Actor (O'Kane).
New Zealand, 1903. A veteran of the Boer War (Sexy Beast’s Ray Winstone) is hired to hunt a Māori seaman (Temuera Morrison), who has been framed for murder. So begins a cat and mouse chase where pole position keeps changing, and the South African is pressed to open up about his past. Directed by Brit Ian Sharp (Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War) and scripted by Dutch-born emigre Nicolas van Pallandt — who died before it got to the screen —Tracker was one of the last productions to win cash from the UK Film Council. The extras include interviews with both lead actors.
Separation City is a comedy-drama about the complications that ensue as two marriages collapse. Men's groups and midlife crises in contemporary Wellington make up the world in which the multi-national cast explores, in screenwriter Tom Scott's words, "biology and human nature". This feature marks the first solo film script by political cartoonist Scott, who honed his writing skills on a run of TV projects during the two-decade journey to bring the film to the screen. Successful commercials director, Australian-based Kiwi Paul Middleditch, directs.