From my grandmother's kitchen on the family farm in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, I've gone on to find people and stories that I love and can make films about. This is some of that work.
Scroll through, take a watch and enjoy.
FAR NORTH 6 PART TV SERIES
FAR NORTH was a 6 part true crime TV series, which I created, was head writer, director and Executive Producer. It was released August 2023 in New Zealand and was a smash hit with the critics and viewing numbers alike. It was the highest rating show on the ThreeNow app they had ever had of any local or international drama since they launched. I think everyone can be pretty proud of that! Its being released in Australia by Paramount+, USA by Sundance Now and international sales by All3 media.
THIS TOWN - FILM
I wrote, directed, produced, and starred in this comedy THIS TOWN. It was called an instant kiwi classic by reviewers across the spectrum and then went on to be number one at the New Zealand box office for 21 days straight. It got pushed off its perch by Chris Nolan, so I guess thats ok. Released in North America by Topic Studios and World Sales by The Film Company in New York.
MEAT - DOCUMENTARY
MEAT is my first theatrical documentary as a writer, producer, and director. It was the culmination of many years of work looking at the food industry, you can see some of those short films below. MEAT opened to sell-out audiences across the country and 5-star reviews. Was sold by MPI group globally, and had a limited release in the USA.
I have known Beatle for most of my life, as he would come to our farm and kill cattle beasts for our family. When I was 15, I was fascinated by him. I always wanted to tell his story, and fourteen years later, I wrote, produced and directed this short documentary.
When you meet a man who has a catapult in his backyard, and you ask him "why did you build it," and he says "I was teaching my children propulsion," you pretty much have to make a film about him. Writer, producer, director.
This was one of my first drama's. I was really looking for ways to combine my documentary style and look at very complex issues. THE COUPLE was based around the idea of what would happen if the generation of my parents, when they got sick, didn't talk. I wrote, produced and directed.
THE CLEANEST PIG
Morgan Spurlock asked 30 directors from around the world to make a three-minute film about something that would change the world. I called my father and asked him – what's the one thing that could change the world? He said he had read something about a cure for diabetes, so this is that story. This film premiered at a special screening at the Sundance Film Festival. I wrote, produced and directed.
WHO IS LEE HARRIS?
All over New Zealand for many years there was graffiti that would say things like Lee Harris is a Nark and Lee Flea Ball Harris. I was speaking my sister in law about this and we both wondered who Lee Harris was. So I convinced BBC to give me some money and let me go find out. So off Paul Wedel and I went in search of Lee Harris. This is that documentary, I am the host, wrote, produced and directed this.
Commerical piggeries are, it seems from my facebook feed, one of the most villified things in the food industry. Even though I grew up in the country, I had never met a pig farmer. I thought that you would have to be a pretty fascinating person to run something that will make people dislike you so much.
Yet at the same time, so many people don't think about the process and just want to eat the cheap bacon. Wrote, produced and directed.