We are excited to announce that Jessica Hansell and Rose Matafeo will be joining the Piki development sprint. The addition of these exciting new writers will help us achieve the goals of the scheme; to develop talent, produce great scripts and make films that reach international audiences.
Rose Matafeo is a comedian and writer. She started stand up at the age of 15 and has staged four solo shows at the NZ International Comedy Festival. She won Best Newcomer at the festival in 2010, going on to win the prestigious Billy T Award in 2013 - the first Pacific Islander to do so. Her first foray into television was on the youth channel TVNZU from 2011. She currently writes and performs on the late night comedy show Jono & Ben at 10 and occasionally appears on 7 Days.
Jessica Hansell is a writer, musician and artist. Under the name Coco Solid she has toured internationally, charted on student radio and collaborated with artists and labels from all over the world. With a long history in comics and zines, last year Hansell wrote the cult cartoon HOOK UPS, a series about musical Māori twins in the suburbs. Hansell completed her MA in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2012.
The first Piki sessions will be held in the first week of September.