Silverscreen Productions NZ, the award-winning film production company based in Wellington and Auckland, went into voluntary liquidation on Friday. The decision was made because of reduced production budgets apparent throughout the industry, coupled with reduced margins that the company has recently had to endure – and the unlikelihood of improvement in the near future. Geoff Dixon, company director, has said that Silverscreen is working with liquidators Meltzer Mason Heath. Silverscreen Australia (Sydney) is not affected by the liquidation. See the posts at Campaign Brief by Lynchy, Haydn Evans and Roger Cranbrook.
Silverscreen is owned by Geoff Dixon and John Fokerd and has been in operation since 1974. In 1999 Dixon established Oktobor, a visual effects/animation company, and Oktobor Interactive focusing on interactive television and new media. In 2002 Dixon partnered with Don Reynolds to form Silverscreen Films, focusing on long form work, including Spooked (Geoff Murphy, 2004) and the troubled River Queen (Vincent Ward, 2005).
Vincent Ward, River Queen’s on-off-on director, was this month named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to film. He is currently finishing work on his latest film, The Rain of Children, telling the story of a woman married to the son of Maori prophet Rua Kenana.
Directors currently listed with Silverscreen are Martin Aamund, Rachel Davies, Eden Diebel, David Gaddie, Gary John, Keir McFarlane, Nathan Price, David Rittey, Di Rowan, Tracey Rowe, Robert Sarkies, Michael Spiccia, Adam Strange, Alex Sutherland and Thor.
Producers listed with Silverscreen are Julie Elstone (Wellington), Roi MacGregor, Megan Robertson, Larissa Tiffin, Andy Mauger, Nike Beachman (Auckland), Penelope Sinclair, Haydn Evans, Lee Thomson, Sacha Hodgson and Janene Fitzgerald (Sydney), and Tatsuya Shimada, Japanese Marketing Manager.
Silverscreen was awarded production company of the year in the 2005 NZ Axis Awards, as well as top production company in the Asia Pacific Film Company Rankings in The Work.