Michael Heath

MICHAEL HEATH was born in Wyndham, Southland, and worked as a journalist in his early years. He joined Pacific Films, and wrote and starred in a series of award-winning documentaries for television, including Lost In the Garden of the World, about the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.

In the 70s Michael lived in London and began writing stage plays, which have been performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. In the 80s he returned to New Zealand and wrote the screenplays for The Scarecrow (Director's Fortnight, Cannes) and two horror fantasy films, Death Warmed Up and Next of Kin (both Grand Prix winners at Sitges and Paris Fantastique Festivals.) In 2000 he directed his first digital experimental drama A Small Life, which won 8 awards at the Kara Film Festival in Karachi, Pakistan in 2002, as well as the Grand Prix at Seoul Net, in South Korea and at Avanca Digital Festival in Portugal. In 2004 Michael was invited to attend the world premiere in Los Angeles of "All Good Soldiers in the West Wind", a stage play he wrote 28 years ago. Michael's Edith Collier: A Light Among Shadows is his second film with producer Bhim Singh Chouhan. 

Films we have screened by this Director