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Bringing Writers, Directors & Actors together.

A core cast – max. six actors – together with a writer + director team OR writer/director will collaborate on each script-in-development table read. The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.


NZWG and DEGNZ are once again offering Virtual Table Reads for 2021.

Table Read One: 8th May 2021

Submit scripts by 30th April

Table Read Two:  3rd July 2021

Submit scripts by 25th June

Table Read Three:  11th  September 2021

Submit scripts by 3rd September

Table Read Four:  20 November 2021

Submit scripts by 12th November

How to submit:

Writer & Director team OR individual who is the sole Writer/Director

Submit Script via Email to 

Actors who would like to take part in a Table Read, please submit your details HERE.

Please check these details before you enter:

  • In a Writer/Director team, the Writer must be a member of NZWG and the Director must be a member of DEGNZ.

  • A solo Writer/Director must be a member of both NZWG & DEGNZ. 


When you enter, please include this information:

  • Name of writer and if they belong to NZWG

  • Name of director, and if they belong to DEGNZ

NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component. 

Submit full-length draft feature film script for your name to go into the draw for a day-long table read (names remain for subsequent draws).

ACTORS - Link to apply will be live once Table Read #1 2021 opens.


A Joint Initiative brought to you by:
With warm thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission

Past Table Reads

Table Read Date

18 September 21

3 July 21

15 May 21

14 November 20

8 August 20

16 May 20

30 November 19



18 May 19

23 February 19

10 November 18



18 August 2018

19 May 2018



24 Feb 2018


9 Dec 2017

8 Jul 2017

13 May 2017

11 Mar 2017

5 Nov 2016

6 Aug 2016

30 Apr 2016


Alex Galvin

Daryl Belbin



Tim Tsiklauri

Fiona McKenzie

Alex Lodge



Nick Ward

Linda Niccol



Jason DeBoer



Tim Tsiklauri



Rochelle Bright



Dean Hewison & Richard Falkner

Siobhan Marshall & Anna Nuria Francino


Cian Elyse White



Catherine Bisley

Michele Powels & Alyx Duncan

Pip Hall

Kirsten Gauthier & Lee Tolley

Paula Jones

Joe Lonie

Barbara Sumner (Sumner Burstyn)


Alex Galvin

Anton Steel



Tim Tsiklauri

Fiona McKenzie



Alex Lodge

Kath Akuhata-Brown

Linda Niccol



Jason DeBoer

Tim Tsiklauri

Zoe McIntosh



Dean Hewison







Cian Elyse


Catherine Bisley

Alyx Duncan

Peter Burger

Kirsten Gauthier

Paula Jones

Joe Lonie

Thomas Burstyn

Script Title

Before the Darkness




A Lake with no Name


The Card Game







Love Forty

Petrol Head



Tough Crowd







Daddy's Girl



The Underwood


The Last Caribou

Sins of the Mother


How to Make a Baby


Tim Carlsen, Helen Murphy-Reid, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Frith Horan, Mark Clare

Grant Beban, Stephen Lyell, Tim Carlson, James Crompton, Jodie Hillock, Stephen Papps

Hilary Norris, Hamish Boyle, Jamie Irvine, Mate Lagae, Jo Clark

Amy Bowie, Annica Lewis, Loren Black, Amalia Calder, Tim MacDonald, Joseph Cooper

Haydn Carter, Carisse Utai, Marilyn Ollett, Jonathan Briden, Sherry Zhang, Dryw McArthur

Hilary Norris, Lawrence Wharerau, Will Hall, Steven Lovatt, Stephen Butterworth, Claire Chitham, Victoria Abbott

Tim Carlson, Clare Marcie, Jamie Irvine, Ryan Dulieu, Jocelyn Christian, Ashleigh Hook

Fiona Armstrong, Kirsty Bruce, Lucy Wigmore, Ariki Erby, Jonathan James, Mana Davis

David Capstick, Serena Cotton, Jamie Irvine, Ruth Wyne, Simon Ward


Alex Ellis, Genevieve Kent, Melissa Lawlor, Ana Corbett, Neill Rea, Caleb Wells 


James Roque, Keporah Torrence, Lucy Wigmore, Greg Smith, Olivia Mahood, James Crompton

Aaron Ward, Antonia Prebble, Serena Cotton, Donogh Rees, Jeff Szusterman, Dan Musgrove



William Davis, Romy Hooper, Simone Walker, Laura Hill



Ella Gilbert, Claire Chitham, Romy Hooper, Mel Odedra, Joe Dekkers-Reihana, Neill Rea

Sarah McLeod, Romy Hooper, Stuart Shacklock, James Crompton, Lucas Haugh, Renee Sheridan

Renee Lyons, Tim Carlsen, Shoshana McCullum, Luanne Gordon, Joel Toebeck, Colin Moy

Miryam Jacobi, Romy Hooper, Jarrred Blakiston, Colin Moy, Neill Rea, Genevieve McClean

Brenda Kendall, Kimo Houltham, Krystal-Lee Brown, Tahei Simpson, Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho, Barry de Lore

Peter Elliot, Aidee Walker, Morgan Albrecht, Anapela Polataivao, Dominic Ona-Ariki, Italia Hunt

Neill Rea, Steven Lovatt, Lucy Wigmore, Ban Abdul, Renee Sheridan