Kaitangata Twitch

Saturday 19 January 2013, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

A thrilling drama from Margaret Mahy. The island of Kaitangata is twitching, it’s waking up! Only 13 year old Meredith can stop it. Can she discover what it wants before it is too late? (REPEAT)

Saturday 12 January 2013, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

A thrilling drama from Margaret Mahy. The island of Kaitangata is twitching, it’s waking up! Only 13 year old Meredith can stop it. Can she discover what it wants before it is too late? (REPEAT)

Saturday 05 January 2013, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

A thrilling drama from Margaret Mahy. The island of Kaitangata is twitching, it’s waking up! Only 13 year old Meredith can stop it. Can she discover what it wants before it is too late?

Saturday 15 October 2011, 6.30 pm on Maori Television

A thrilling drama from Margaret Mahy. The island of Kaitangata is twitching, it’s waking up! Only 13 year old Meredith can stop it. Can she discover what it wants before it is too late?

Saturday 6 August 2011, 6.30pm on Maori Television

A thrilling drama from Margaret Mahy. The island of Kaitangata is twitching, it’s waking up! Only 13 year old Meredith can stop it. Can she discover what it wants before it is too late?

Saturday 16 July 2011, 6.30 pm on Maori Television

A thrilling drama from Margaret Mahy. The island of Kaitangata is twitching, it’s waking up! Only 13 year old Meredith can stop it. Can she discover what it wants before it is too late?

Saturday 23 July 2011, 6.30 pm on Maori Television

A thrilling drama from Margaret Mahy. The island of Kaitangata is twitching, it’s waking up! Only 13 year old Meredith can stop it. Can she discover what it wants before it is too late?

After a successful first screening, awarding winning Maori Television-commissioned series KAITANGATA TWITCH returns to air from Saturday 16 July at 6.30PM.

For those who missed it the first time or just could not get enough of KAITANGATA TWITCH, the full series of the thrilling New Zealand mystery drama – adapted from author Margaret Mahy’s popular children’s novel of the same name – is back.

It follows 13-year-old Meredith Gallagher (played by Te Waimarie Kessell) and her connection to the mysterious island of Kaitangata where a young girl vanished 50 years previously. The series also stars veteran Maori actor George Henare.

KAITANGATA TWITCH has drawn plenty of critical acclaim since it first screened last year including in May this year when the Production Shed produced show won Best Dramatic Presentation at the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards is named after the New Zealand Prime Minister who in 1889 wrote what was probably the first full length science fiction novel by a Kiwi (Anno Domini 2000 – A Woman’s Destiny) and is fan-based, with voting taking place prior to and during the National Science Fiction covention each year.

Members of the convention and/or Science Fiction, Fantasy and fandom in New Zealand (SFFANZ) choose from the science fiction, fantasy or horror genres for works including novels, short stories, art and moving image.

KAITANGATA TWITCH  director Yvonne Mackay, who directed the 13 half-hour episodes, says, “It is a credit to the people that invested in KAITANGATA TWITCH, Margaret Mahy’s creativity and good name and the high quality production values on this family show, that we could hold our own with a big budget adult series”.

Kaitangata Twitch has already received Platinum, the top award, at the Houston World Fest; was a finalist at the esteemed Prix Jeunesse festival in Germany and for Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series category at the Kidscreen Awards in New York.  It was also nominated for eight Qantas Film and Television Awards in New Zealand, winning three – Best Actor for George Henare; Best Production Design (Gary Mackay) and Best Sound Design (Steve Finnigan, James Hayday and Tom Miskin).

 

Production Shed.TV’s Kaitangata Twitch has won Best Dramatic Presentation at this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

A thrilling New Zealand mystery drama, Kaitangata Twitch is based on the novel by internationally renowned author Margaret Mahy about 13 year old, Meredith, and her connection to a mysterious island, Kaitangata, where a young girl vanished fifty years previously. 

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards [named after the NZ Prime Minister who in 1889 wrote what was probably the first full length Science Fiction novel by a Kiwi, Anno Domini 2000 – A Woman’s Destiny] are fan-based, with voting taking place prior to and during the National Science Fiction convention each year.  

Members of the convention and/or SFFANZ (Science Fiction, Fantasy and fandom in New Zealand) chose from the science fiction, fantasy or horror genres for works including novels, short stories, art and moving image.  

Kaitangata Twitch shared the title with prime-time drama This Is Not My Life.  Comments director Yvonne Mackay, who directed all thirteen half-hour episodes:  “It is a credit to the people that invested in Kaitangata Twitch, Margaret Mahy’s creativity and good name and the high quality production values on this family show, that we could hold our own with a big budget adult series.  It is a pity however that in these times, so little money is available to make this type of quality drama for children.”

Kaitangata Twitch has already received Platinum, the top award, at the Houston World Fest; was a finalist at the esteemed Prix Jeunesse festival in Germany and for Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series category at the Kidscreen Awards in New York.  

It was also nominated for eight Qantas Film & Television Awards in New Zealand, winning three – Best Actor for George Henare; Best Production Design (Gary Mackay) and Best Sound Design (Steve Finnigan, James Hayday & Tom Miskin).

Maori Television screened the series last year and will run it again in July on Saturday evenings.  The DVD will also be available in August through Madman who will release it in Australia towards the end of the year.

The latest Margaret Mahy projects in development by ProductionShed.Tv include a ghost and technology tween drama series and a DVD for the family home market of Mahy reading some of her favourite magical poems and stories.

(From a press release)

New Zealand family mystery-thriller Kaitangata Twitch, which screened on Maori Television earlier this year, has been selected as a finalist at the Kidscreen Awards in the Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series Family Category. The winners will be announced at a high-profile presentation in New York on 17th February 2011 at Kidscreen Summit.

“We are very excited about this nomination,” says Producer Yvonne Mackay of Wellington, NZ’s ProductionShed.TV.  “Kidscreen Summit is renowned for being one of the kids’ entertainment industry’s most important annual events.”

The highly-respected judges have selected the best programming in the world market for kids and families.  These are currently being reviewed and their scores will determine the final winners.  Special categories have also been introduced this year to single out and celebrate outstanding efforts in kids’ broadcasting – Viewers Choice and Creative Talent.  For Viewers Choice, an audience from seven different countries picks their favourite programs from the short-listed entries. While the Creative Talent Awards will be given to entries that receive the highest average score for the following components: Best Animation; Best Acting; Best Writing; Best Directing; Best Design; Best Voice Talent; Best Music.

Kaitangata Twitch is a thirteen part, half hour drama, based on the novel by internationally renowned author Margaret Mahy about 13 year old, Meredith, and her connection to a mysterious island, Kaitangata where a young girl vanished fifty years previously.  The series, shot on location in Governors Bay, has already received Platinum, the top award, at the Houston World Fest; was a finalist at the esteemed Prix Jeunesse festival in Germany and was nominated for eight Qantas Film & Television Awards in New Zealand, winning three – Best Actor for George Henare; Best Production Design (Gary Mackay) and Best Sound Design (Steve Finnigan, James Hayday & Tom Miskin).

The latest Margaret Mahy projects in development by ProductionShed.Tv include a ghost and technology tween drama series and a DVD for the family home market of Mahy reading some of her favourite magical poems and stories.