MR WRONG * RUBY and RATA * BREAD & ROSES * WAR STORIES * PERFECT STRANGERS * LOVELY RITA * HOME BY CHRISTMAS
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Gaylene is a national treasure, with an exceptional career over more than three decades. An innovative writer, director, and producer, Gaylene has insisted that it is possible to live in New Zealand and contribute New Zealand stories to global cinema, and her award-winning work has screened extensively at international festivals including Venice, Sundance, Toronto, London, Fantasporto, Chicago, San Francisco, Munich, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.
Gaylene has served on most industry boards including the New Zealand Film Commission and New Zealand On Air, and has chaired Creative NZ’s Film Innovation Fund and the NZ Film and Television Awards Society. At the same time, as evidenced in the credits of many films, including Annie Goldson’s PUNITIVE DAMAGE, Brita McVeigh’s COFFEE, TEA, OR ME? Michelle Savill’s ELLEN IS LEAVING and Paora Joseph’s TATARAKIHI The Children of Parihaka, her generosity of spirit and her powerful mentorship and advocacy skills have been central to the development of New Zealand’s contemporary filmmaking community.
In 2001 Gaylene was the first filmmaker to receive a Laureate Award from the NZ Arts Foundation and in 2010 received the inaugural lifetime achievement award for outstanding contribution to documentary from Documentary Edge, a Screenwriters Mentorship Award and a WIFT NZ Award for outstanding contribution to the New Zealand Screen Industry. Gaylene is an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the film industry.
Preston’s most recent feature film HOME BY CHRISTMAS won audience accolades at Sydney and London Film Festivals, and won High Commendation at the recent Asia Pacific Awards for the actor Tony Barry who also won Best Actor at the Qantas NZ Film Awards. HOME BY CHRISTMAS is in the top 15 highest grossing New Zealand films ever at the local Box Office. HOME BY CHRISTMAS was a finalist for Best Drama in the World History Makers Awards 2011 in New York.
Lately Gaylene has been working on six hours of television drama set during the earthquakes and aftermath of 2010/11 in Christchurch New Zealand. Featuring British actor, Bernard Hill and a stellar local ensemble, HOPE and WIRE features music from The Eastern and is due for delivery in the second quarter of 2014.
Gaylene Preston Productions
PO Box 9175
Te Aro, Wellington