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Dark City helps light up Canterbury’s screen production potential

Christchurch could be production powerhouse if university’s Digital Screen Campus finds the right mix of commercial partners.

An artist’s impression of the University of Canterbury’s Digital Screen Campus once all works are completed.

Will Mace Wed, 10 Jan 2024
Key points
  • What’s at stake: More effective screen industry training is required to boost New Zealand’s attractiveness for film, TV, and game production.
  • Background: University of Canterbury launched a Digital Screen qualification last year, as filmmaker James Cameron says more fresh talent is needed.
  • Main players: James Cameron, John Barnett, Screen CanterburyNZ, University of Canterbury.

James Cameron is set to become a New Zealand citizen this year. The 69-year-old Canadian-born filmmaker behind some of the world’s all-time highest grossing films – such as Titanic and Avatar – has called this country his home for some time.

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Key points
  • What’s at stake: More effective screen industry training is required to boost New Zealand’s attractiveness for film, TV, and game production.
  • Background: University of Canterbury launched a Digital Screen qualification last year, as filmmaker James Cameron says more fresh talent is needed.
  • Main players: James Cameron, John Barnett, Screen CanterburyNZ, University of Canterbury.
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