Ant Timpson began his career crewing on feature films after bombing out of a law degree in the 80s, working on films including Queen City Rocker and renowned short film, Kitchen Sink. At 17, he created mini film festivals and has since gone on to work in all facets of the industry including production, exhibition, marketing and distribution.
He was on the Board of the Moving Image of NZ and maintains the southern hemispheres largest personal film archive. Timpson is the founder of multiple successful events and has his own permanent annual section in New Zealand’s International Film Festival born out of his Incredibly Strange Film Festival which has been running since 1994. He is also the founder of the 48HOURS filmmaking competition; an event that has become New Zealand’s premier digital short film event, cited by Sir Peter Jackson as one of the main creative incubators of New Zealand. Timpson also created devolved funds from the New Zealand Film Commission including HEADSTRONG and MAKE MY MOVIE with a goal to support new talent and to produce low budget features. He brought on MPI from the US to match funds with NZ films – a relationship that exists today. Over the years he has operated film events in the UK, USA, Canada, France and Australia.
In 2010 has worked with MGM to curate a 20-week series of eclectic cinema for Sky TV. In 2012, Ant and his cohort (Austin-based Tim League of Alamo Drafthouse/ NEON) released the most ambitious anthology film ever devised with 26 of the worlds best genre directors taking part. The feature film, The ABCs of Death was produced for Magnolia Pictures and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was a hit grossing several million, with a sequel, The ABC’s of Death 2 released in 2014.
In 2013 Timpson initiated a NZ/Canadian co-pro called Turbo Kid based on filmmakers he discovered. Turbo Kid was produced in 2014 alongside Oscar nominated producer Anne-Marie Gelinas, Jason Eisener, and Tim Riley. The film premiered at Sundance and won the Saturn Award for Best International Film in 2015. He was the executive producer on NZ films Deathgasm and Housebound which played over 100 festivals and won numerous awards.
In 2016 he produced The Greasy Strangler with Elijah Wood. A breakout hit again at Sundance, EMPIRE MAGAZINE named it Comedy of the Year – beating out Deadpool and Hunt for the Wilderpeople – and won the BIFA for Best Independent Film at the UK Awards. In 2017, his film A Field Guide to Evil was chosen as the first project by Indiegogo to launch their new equity arm, raising the max cap of $500,000 with weeks to spare. The global folklore anthology premiered at SXSW in 2018.
In 2020, Timpson made his directorial debut with Come to Daddy, a gory, gross-out black comedy following Norval (Elijah Wood) as he reunites with his estranged father after receiving a cryptic letter. The film releases in New Zealand, February 2020 with the New York Times calling it “Ant Timpson’s endearingly nutty comic thriller.” Ant Timpson is also currently Executive Producing two international films, Censor (UK, 2020) and She Loved Blossoms More (Greece/US, 2021).