Drama gives us an intimate view of war

Television drama allows us to experience war and its impacts through characters we can relate to.


When We Go To War

This six-part Platinum drama series produced by Jump Film and Television looks at the impact war has on everyday New Zealanders. An emotional epic - it  explores the human cost of war on New Zealand families.

Canvassing the stories of six young men and women, each episode tells the war experience through the eyes of one of the main characters. 

Full of hopes and dreams in 1914 - the war changes everyone's lives for ever.

The series received $6,099,820 in funding from NZ On Air.

When We Go To War screens from Sunday 26 April on TV One at 8.30pm. 

Watch the trailer here.


Field Punishment No.1

Field Punishment No 1 - Lippy Pictures for TV One

The story of 14 conscientious objectors who were arrested and shipped off to WW1 against their will. This gripping telefeature made by Lippy Pictures for TV One, is a Platinum Fund project.

Field Punishment No. 1 brings us the story of 14 men who made a principled stand against war - and who ended up in the thick of it.

On the battlefields and in the military prisons of Britain and France they were stigmatised and tortured in an attempt to break their spirit. This story revolves around the experience of our most famous 'conchie' Archibald Baxter, father of James K. Baxter.

Directed by Peter Burger, and written and produced by Donna Malane and Paula Boock of Lippy Pictures, Field Punishment No.1 was funded through the Platinum Fund. The Platinum Fund supports quality programmes with something important to say about New Zealand.

Donna Malane and Paula Boock share their thoughts on this remarkable film.

** Field Punishment No 1 received a Gold Medal in the Drama Special category at the 2015 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

Field Punishment No 1 is well acted, superbly located and scripted, and will be a treasure for generations to come. - Jane Clifton - reviewer Dominion Post, April 24 2014


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ANZAC Girls

ANZAC Girls - Screentime Productions for Prime

This six-part drama series tells the true story of the five young Australian and New Zealand military nurses who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Produced by Screentime New Zealand for Prime, ANZAC Girls is made in cooperation with Screentime Australia and the ABC.

It received $480,000 in NZ On Air funding.

ANZAC Girls screened on Prime at the end of 2014 and early 2015.


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