Internal Affairs Minister Nathan announced on 29 June three new appointments to the Film and Literature Board of Review. Dr Don Mathieson has been appointed as President of the Board with Andrew Caisley as Deputy President. Dr Laurence Simmons also joins the Board.
Wellington lawyer Dr Mathieson is well qualified for this role. He is Queen’s Counsel and a former lecturer who currently works as a part-time Special Counsel to the Parliamentary Counsel Office.
“Mr Caisley is a founding partner of law firm Kiely Thomson Caisley. He has longstanding experience in theatre and arts organisations having served on the Council of Creative New Zealand, the Silo Theatre Board and as the founding Chair of New Theatre Initiative.
“Dr Simmons is Deputy Head of the Film, Television and Media department at the University of Auckland. He is fluent in Italian and is the author of many books, articles and other publications. Dr Simmons was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship in 2002.
“All new members have been appointed for terms of three years.”
The Board is an independent statutory appeal body with the role of reviewing classifications made by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. This includes films, video recordings, DVDs, books, magazines and computer material.
More information on the Film and Literature Board of Review is available at www.dia.govt.nz
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