Meet The Filmmakers
Filmmakers at the Festival
Meet the creative minds behind some of the feature films and documentaries screening at this NZIFF. They will be attending some of the screenings of their films.
Sean is a graduate of NYU film school and has directed the films Take Out and Prince of Broadway, which won a Special Jury Prize at Locarno.
Friday 2 August at 8.30pm (Paramount)
Director, Us and the Game Industry
Stephanie has been involved in documentary production for several decades and is currently teaching media and film studies at a Christchurch secondary school.
Sunday 28 July at 1.15pm (Soundings Theatre, Te Papa)
Daniel Joseph Borgman
Director, The Weight of Elephants
Dunedin-raised Daniel has made films both in New Zealand and Europe. His shorts Lars and Peter and Berik screened at Cannes where Berik won the Grand Prix for Best Short Film.
Sunday 28 July at 1.15pm (Paramount)
Monday 29 July at 11.00am (Paramount)
Director, Gardening with Soul
Jess has been working in documentaries for over 15 years. Her first feature documentary Cowboys & Communists screened at NZIFF in 2007.
Saturday July 27 at 2.45pm (Embassy)
Tuesday July 30 at 1.15pm (Embassy)
Thursday August 8 at 11.15 am (Penthouse)
Saturday August 10 at 12.00pm (Penthouse)
Toa debuted his first film No. 2, based on his own award-winning play, at Sundance. His second feature, Dean Spanley, won best director at the Qantas Film and TV Awards.
Friday 9 August at 11:00am (Embassy)
Saturday 10 August at 7.30pm (Embassy)
Annie Goldson & Kay Ellmers
Directors, He Toki Huna: New Zealand in Afghanistan
Annie last featured in the Festival with her documentary Brother Number One. Kay is the director of Tumanako Productions, which produces documentaries for Māori TV.
Friday 9 August at 2.00pm (Soundings Theatre, Te Papa)
Saturday 10 August at 6.15pm (Soundings Theatre, Te Papa)
Co-director, This Ain’t No Mouse Music!
Maureen has been making films for 30 years, often in collaboration with the late Les Blank. Her debut feature documentary Blossoms of Fire screened at NZIFF in 2001.
Wednesday 31 July at 6.15pm (Paramount)
Thursday 1 August at 1.45pm (Paramount)
Director, Michael Smither: Life and Death
Tony has worked in film and television since 1966. Life and Death is the fourth film in a series of docos about painter Michael Smither.
Friday 9 August at 12.15pm and 1.30pm (City Gallery)
Director, Making Utu
Gaylene has been making films for over thirty years, one of her earliest being Making Utu. She is currently directing the upcoming mini-series Hope and Wire.
Director, Scenes in My Head
Theo graduated from Victoria University and works primarily as an actor and musician in the folk duo Toucan Stubbs. Scenes in My Head is his debut feature.
Sunday 4 August at 6.45pm (Film Archive)
Monday 5 August 6.15pm (Film Archive)
Director, Venus: A Quest
Shirley has been screening her documentary portraits with NZIFF since 2001. Her most recent was her dance documentary Dance of the Instant.
Sunday 11 August at 1.00pm (Soundings Theatre, Te Papa)
Director, Don Driver: Magician
Paul is a filmmaker and teacher at the Waikato Institute of Technology. His shorts The Last Surrealist and Lament for Barney Flanagan screened at NZIFF.
Sunday August 11 at 3.15pm (Soundings Theatre, Te Papa)
Director, Cheap Thrills
E.L. has worked as a writer with filmmakers such as Sam Raimi, Adam Wingard, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. Cheap Thrills is his directorial debut.
Sunday 28 July at 8.30pm (Paramount)
Director, The Deadly Ponies Gang
Zoe screened her award-winning documentary Lost in Wonderland at NZIFF in 2009 while her dramatic short Day Trip screened the following year.
Sunday August 4 at 3.00pm (Paramount)
Monday August 5 at 4.15pm (Paramount)
Kim Mordaunt & Sylvia Wilczynski
Director & Producer, The Rocket
Australians Kim and Sylvia have made three films together before The Rocket, including the documentaries Bomb Harvest and Speed City, and the short Mongrel’s Ghost.
Sunday July 28 at 4.15pm (Embassy)
Monday July 29 at 11.15am (Embassy)
Geoff Murphy & Graeme Cowley
Director & Cinematographer, Utu Redux
Geoff and Graeme have spent three years revitalising their 1983 Kiwi classic Utu after Graeme was shocked by the poor quality of a recent television screening.
Friday July 26 at 8.30pm (Embassy)
Wednesday July 31 at 4.00pm (Embassy)
Director, Sheen of Gold
Simon has produced a series of documentaries that celebrate underground Kiwi music with Gone with the Weird and Rumble & Bang screening at NZIFF in 2011.
Thursday August 8 at 6.30pm (Paramount)
Saturday August 10 at 8.15pm (Film Archive)
Director, Antarctica: A Year on Ice
Anthony is a photographer (specialising in time-lapse images) and satellite communications tech who has spent many years working in Antarctica.
Sunday July 28 at 11:00am (Embassy)
Monday July 29 at 6.15pm (Embassy)
Thursday August 1 at 6.15pm (Roxy)
Director, Soul in the Sea
Amy completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking at the University of Otago. Soul in the Sea is her feature documentary debut.
Sunday August 4 at 1.00pm (Paramount)
Sunday August 6 at 10.30am (Paramount)
Tim van Dammen
Director, Romeo & Juliet: A Love Song
Tim has been creating oddball music videos, installations and films for over ten years, and has directed two self-funded feature films and over 100 music videos.
Friday August 2 at 9.00pm (Embassy)
Sunday August 4 at 3.45pm (Roxy)
Curtis Vowell & Sophie Henderson
Director & Writer, Fantail
Curtis is a graduate of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School and has worked both in front and behind the camera. Fantail, starring its writer Sophie Henderson, is his feature debut.
Friday August 9 at 6.15pm (Paramount)