Big Screen Symposium

David Michôd
David Michôd Writer/director David Michôd has made ANIMAL KINGDOM (featuring Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver) in 2010; Cannes selected THE ROVER (featuring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson) in 2014; and WAR MACHINE (featuring Brad Pitt, Ben Kingsley and Meg Tilly) in 2017. [Read More]
Luke Davies
Luke Davies Australian-born, LA-based Luke Davies is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist and poet. Davies is most notably recognised for his BAFTA winning screenplay LION and his novel and film adaptation CANDY. In production are adaptations BEAUTIFUL BOY (Plan B / Amazon Studios) and CATCH 22 television miniseries with director David Michôd. [Read More]
So Yong Kim
So Yong Kim So Yong Kim is an award-winning Korean American filmmaker with a stream of successful films that includes award-winning IN BETWEEN DAYS (2006), critically acclaimed TREELESS MOUNTAIN (2008), FOR ELLEN (2012) and LOVESONG (2017). Kim recently directed episodes of TRANSPARENT, AMERICAN CRIME, THE GOODFIGHT and ROOM 104. [Read More]
Neil Cross
Neil Cross Neil Cross is a British novelist and screenwriter best known as the creator of multi-award winning BBC crime series LUTHER, and the horror movie MAMA. Recent projects include HARD SUN, for BBC One and Hulu, and a reboot of the iconic 80s movie ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK for 20th Century Fox. [Read More]
Midge Sanford
Midge Sanford Producer Midge Sanford leads pioneering company SANFORD/PILLSBURY with business partner Sarah Pillsbury. Together they paved the way for the next generation of women producers, producing many feature films including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, RIVER’S EDGE, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT and HBO telemovie AND THE BAND PLAYED ON. [Read More]
Penny Win
Penny Win Penny has worked in television in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong and is now Head of Drama at Foxtel. She has commissioned many dramas including THE KETTERING INCIDENT, and has executive produced A PLACE TO CALL HOME and Foxtel’s first feature film, AUSTRALIA DAY. [Read More]
Bec Smith
Bec Smith Bec Smith represents screenwriters and directors at United Talent Agency and also formulates film finance and sales. She previously headed development for Working Title in the company's Sydney office and was an executive producer on David Michôd’s ANIMAL KINGDOM. [Read More]
Peter Broderick
Peter Broderick Peter Broderick is a leading distribution strategist. He spearheads the distribution of independent films and consults with filmmakers and companies around the world. Peter helps design and implement customized strategies to maximize revenues, audience, and impact. [Read More]
Kylie du Fresne
Kylie du Fresne Kylie du Fresne is a partner at Goalpost Pictures Australia. She has produced award-winning films including HOLDING THE MAN (dir Neil Armfield) and box office hit THE SAPPHIRES (dir Wayne Blair). Kylie executive produced successful TV series CLEVERMAN, and is in post with TV drama series FIGHTING SEASON for Foxtel. [Read More]
IAN COLLIE Ian Collie is a highly experienced drama and factual television producer and CEO / Head of Scripted at Easy Tiger Productions. He is series producer of award-winning comedy drama series RAKE going into its fifth season. Ian’s production credits include DOCTOR DOCTOR, JACK IRISH and feature film SAVING MR BANKS. [Read More]
Kerry Barden
Kerry Barden Kerry Barden is an award-winning casting director and principal of Barden Schnee Casting with offices in New York and LA. He has cast over 200 films, including 13 REASONS WHY (TV series), GIRL ON A TRAIN, SPOTLIGHT, THE HELP, AMERICAN PSYCHO and BOYS DON’T CRY. [Read More]
Tusi Tamasese
Tusi Tamasese Tusi Tamasese is a Samoan New Zealander with a Master of Arts in screenwriting (IIML), having graduated from the NZ Film School. He is multi-award winning writer and director of THE ORATOR (2011) and ONE THOUSAND ROPES. In 2015 Tusi was named a new Generation NZ Arts Laureate. [Read More]
Miranda Harcourt
Miranda Harcourt Miranda Harcourt is an award-winning actor, a director and an acting coach of international acclaim. After studying drama-therapy in London, she returned to NZ and was Head of Acting at Toi Whakaari for seven years. Miranda co-directed with Stuart McKenzie THE CHANGEOVER (2017), starring Timothy Spall, Lucy Lawless and Melanie Lynskey. [Read More]
Stuart McKenzie
Stuart McKenzie Stuart is a film writer, director, producer and a highly successful playwright. His work includes low-budget thriller FOR GOOD (2004), several acclaimed short films and TV documentary series TOUGH ACT (2006). Stuart has a Master in Creative Writing (IIML). Most recently he adapted THE CHANGEOVER (2017) co-directed with Miranda Harcourt. [Read More]
Miriama McDowell
Miriama McDowell Miriama won the Best Actress award at The Moas this year for her leading role in THE GREAT MAIDEN’S BLUSH. Since graduating from Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School, Miriama has appeared in numerous television series' including THIS IS NOT MY LIFE, HOPE AND WIRE, TERRY TEO and FIND ME A MAORI BRIDE. Her film credits include films NO.2, DARK HORSE, MAHANA and most recently, WARU. [Read More]
Catherine Fitzgerald
Catherine Fitzgerald Producer and owner of Blueskin Films, Catherine Fitzgerald (NZOM) has won many prizes and honours including WIFT NZ Achievement In Film 2014 and SPADA NZ Independent Producer Of The Year 2011. Catherine’s credits include TWO CARS ONE NIGHT (2004), RAIN OF THE CHILDREN (2008), THE ORATOR (2011) and ONE THOUSAND ROPES. [Read More]
Emma Slade
Emma Slade Emma Slade is a NZ producer. Her Young Adult feature based on Margaret Mahy’s novel THE CHANGEOVER, starring Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey and Lucy Lawless opens NZ wide this September. Her credits include the Brazilian/NZ feature LITTLE SECRET, Chinese/NZ co-production INTO THE RAINBOW and the award-winning RAGE. Emma is currently in development with LIONSGATE. [Read More]
Annie Collins
Annie Collins Annie has been editing film since 1975. Her focus has always been a commitment to the people at whom the camera is pointed and what she works on is decided by kaupapa, not fees. Her work includes the films PATU!, SCARFIES, OUT OF THE BLUE, GARDENING WITH SOUL and ONE THOUSAND ROPES [Read More]
Clare Burlinson
Clare Burlinson Clare Burlinson has been a colourist for over 30 years. She has collaborated on innumerable films, documentaries and TV projects including, BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, RED CLIFF2, MR PIP, THE ORATOR, CONSENT, ONE THOUSAND ROPES, MAHANA, and THE CHANGEOVER. Clare received the NZCS Ian Turtill Award in 2015. [Read More]
Todd Karehana
Todd Karehana Todd Karehana (Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi) graduated from UoA with a First Class Master of Arts. He has directed the short films THE KWEENZ OF KELSTON, THE SPECTACULAR IMAGINATION OF THE POHARA BROTHERS, and MY BROTHER MITCHELL, and is a writer for AHIKAROA. [Read More]
Darwin Go
Darwin Go Darwin Go is a Visual Effects Supervisor at Park Road Post Production. He has been involved in over 30 film and TV productions, including THE HOBBIT TRILOGY, CLEVERMAN, ONE THOUSAND ROPES, THE CHANGEOVER and international work on the LEGION and FARGO TV series. [Read More]
Carthew Neal
Carthew Neal Carthew Neal is a producer, whose work with Piki Films has produced Taika Waititi’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE which made a US$23M box office and upcoming feature THE BREAKER UPPERERS, starring Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek. [Read More]
Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett Michael Bennett (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) is an award-winning screenwriter and director, and author. Michael's feature film MATARIKI screened at numerous international film festivals, as has his award-winning documentary THE CONFESSIONS OF PRISONER T. [Read More]
Annie Goldson
Annie Goldson Annie Goldson is a documentary filmmaker whose films are known for their craft and insight, and have won over 50 awards at international film worldwide. Major films include PUNITIVE DAMAGE, GEORGIE GIRL, AN ISLAND CALLING, BROTHER NUMBER ONE and most recently, KIM DOTCOM: CAUGHT IN THE WEB. [Read More]
Jessica Hansell
Jessica Hansell Jessica Hansell is a writer, musician and artist. She wrote and created two seasons of the cartoon AROHA BRIDGE, which sold to Māori TV, SBS and Imaginative in Toronto. Hansell has an MA in creative writing from IIML and is currently television writing for several local comedy shows. Hansell is also a member of Piki Films. [Read More]
Dave Gibson
Dave Gibson Dave Gibson is the CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission and has produced feature films and television programmes that have sold in more than eighty countries worldwide. In 2012 he was appointed an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition of his services to the film and television industries. [Read More]


Robyn Malcolm
Robyn Malcolm Robyn is one of NZ's most respected and iconic actors. She has worked across film, television and theatre for over two decades and made a lasting impression as lead Cheryl West in the series OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE. She is currently working on Australian TV series HARROW. [Read More]
Shuchi Kothari
Shuchi Kothari Shuchi Kothari has written and/or produced award winning films including FIRAAQ, APRON STRINGS and COFFEE & ALLAH. Shuchi is currently writing an anime feature set in the USA and Japan, and has ventured into directing drama with SHIT ONE CARRIES. She teaches Screen Production at the University of Auckland. [Read More]
Thomas Sainsbury
Thomas Sainsbury Thomas has written and produced theatre throughout New Zealand, Australia, UK, US, France and Greece. He co-wrote the political thriller novel, Something is Rotten, and the Vietnamese Children’s TV show, ALOOH. He is also a sought-after actor, and a celebrated political satirist and improv comedian. [Read More]
Fiona Copland
Fiona Copland Fiona has produced documentaries and factual series for TVNZ and drama series for TV3. Her award winning feature films include TOPLESS WOMEN TALK ABOUT THEIR LIVES, THE PRICE OF MILK, THE STRENGTH OF WATER, MATARIKI and GARY OF THE PACIFIC. She is producing a stop-motion claymation series KIRI AND LOU in co-production with Canada (CBC/TVNZ). [Read More]
Jill Macnab
Jill Macnab General Manager at Vendetta Films, Jill Macnab attends all key film markets to acquire films across varied genres for all-rights distribution in Australia and NZ. With Vendetta Productions Jill has also produced BORN TO DANCE, and is EP of PECKING ORDER, THE BUTTERFLY TREE and REPEAT ATTENDERS. [Read More]
Brita McVeigh
Brita McVeigh Brita McVeigh is a distinguished Dramaturg and Acting Coach. She coaches and consults with numerous actors, directors, writers, producers, editors and cinematographers. Brita’s working methodology has contributed to the development of more than 126 feature films, short films, television and theatre projects; including recent feature film production THE INLAND ROAD. [Read More]
Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Jennifer Ward-Lealand Since training at Auckland's influential Theatre Corporate, New Zealand actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over 35 years. Jennifer has excelled in both dramatic and comedic roles, and numerous roles in musical theatre and cabaret. She is also current President of Equity New Zealand. [Read More]
Rachel Jean
Rachel Jean Rachel Jean has more than 20 years' experience as a producer, director and production executive and has worked across a range of genres including drama, comedy, documentary as well as short and feature films. Rachel is head of development at South Pacific Pictures, overseeing the development of drama, comedy, factual and feature film projects. [Read More]