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2014 HOPE AND WIRE (IN PRODUCTION)
Director/Writer/Producer
The aftershocks run deep.
A six episode drama series inspired by true events, first­hand accounts and employing actual news footage, this drama follows the aftermath of the Earthquakes that befell New Zealand’s Christchurch between 2010 and 2011, telling a universal story of family, hope and survival against the odds.
Producer: Chris Hampson
Co­Writer: Dave Armstrong
Associate Producer: Sue Rogers
Commissioned by Rachel Jean for TV3
Featuring: Bernard Hill, Rachel House, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Stephen Lovatt, Luanne Gordon, Jarod Rawiri, Miriama McDowell, Kip Chapman and Anton Tennet
6 x 1 hour episodes for television
For transmission 2014
Gaylene Preston Productions





2012 TATARAKIHI: THE CHILDREN OF PARIHAKA
Executive Producer
Director: Paora Joseph/Janine Martin
War, passive resistance, and the children who will never forget. Children who are the descendants of Parihaka resistors travel with their elders to visit prisons where their ancestors were illegally incarcerated, during the 19th century without trial.
This is cinema as an act of living memory...raw and heartfelt...powerful, provocative and pertinent ­ Adam Fresco FLICKS.CO.NZ
WINNER: Jury Prize Balinale 2013
OFFICIAL SELECTION: NZ International Film Festival, Cinema des Antipodes Saint Tropez
Feature 65mins
Rongomai Productions in association with Gaylene Preston Productions





2012 ELLEN IS LEAVING
Executive Producer
Director/Producer: Michelle Savill
Producer: Desray Armstrong
On the eve of departing overseas, Ellen makes the fateful decision to gift her boyfriend a new girlfriend. ELIGIBLE: Academy Awards 2014
WINNER: Best Narrative Short at South By Southwest, Golden Gate Award San Francisco
FINALIST: Best Short Film at the NZ International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Chicago International Film Festival Short Film 15mins
Paint by Numbers in association with Gaylene Preston Productions





2012 STRONGMAN: THE TRAGEDY
Executive Producer/Director Drama elements
The events of January 19, 1967, when an explosion ripped through Green’s Section of New Zealand’s largest underground mine, are presented in this TV drama/doc.
WINNER: Best Feature Drama/Documentary ­ NZ Television Awards 2012
Television Documentary 73mins 35mm
A Bigger Picture in association with Gaylene Preston Productions





2012 ILLUMINATE: OUR VETERANS
Producer/Director
A selection of archival footage from the Second World War commemoratingthe24th Battalionmarkingtheoccasionofthe windup of the Battalion.
Projected onto the Auckland War Memorial Museum façade for the 2012 ANZAC Commemorations.
15mins
Gaylene Preston Productions





2011 ILLUMINATE: WOMEN IN WAR
Producer/Director
A selection of archival footage portraying the role women played during the Second World War.
Projected onto the Auckland War Memorial Museum façade for the 2011 ANZAC Commemorations.
15mins
Gaylene Preston Productions





2010 HOME BY CHRISTMAS
Producer/Director
A true story of love, war and secrets.
A classic New Zealand story, perfectly told – Peter Calder NZ HERALD
***** NANNA GOES TO THE PICTURES
BEST ACTOR: Tony Barry, Jury vote, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2010
HISTORY MAKERS AWARDS: New York, 2011 Finalist, Best Drama BEST ACTOR: Tony Barry, Quantas Screen Awards, 2010
BEST SOUNDTRACK: Quantas Screen Awards, 2010
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes Cinephile, London Film Festival Sydney Film Festival Melbourne Film Festival
Feature 90mins 35mm Dolby Stereo
Gaylene Preston Productions





2008 LOVELY RITA A painters life
Producer/Director
Rita Angus uncompromisingly stood alone among her generation. Surrounded by secrecy even after her death, at last her story can be told.
IN COMPETITION: DOCNZ, 2007
**** A lively and loving look at one of our cultural icons ­SUNDAY STAR TIMES
Documentary 70mins
Gaylene Preston Productions for TV One/NZOA





2007 THE TIME OF OUR LIVES
Producer/Director
On the road to the London Memorial, thirty two veterans have a marvellous time while reflecting on the battles, absent friends and the terrible cost of war.
BEST POPULAR DOCUMENTARY: Qantas Television Awards, 2007 Documentary 45mins
Gaylene Preston Productions for TV3/NZOA





2006 EARTHQUAKE
Producer/Director
Eyewitness accounts of New Zealand's most lethal earthquake in modern times. A documentary of loss and survival and of lives changed forever, told by people who thought their world was ending.
BEST SOUND: Air NZ Screen Awards, 2006
FINALIST: 4 categories including Best Director Air NZ Screen Awards 2006
BEST POPULAR DOCUMENTARY: Qantas Awards, 2006
Documentary 44mins
Gaylene Preston Productions in association with TV3/NZOA





2005 PUSH PLAY The Activator
Director
For Sport and Recreation New Zealand Promoting physical exercise through activation.
Commercials 5 x 30 sec
Pearl Productions and Y & R Advertising





2004 LANDS OF OUR FATHERS My African legacy
Executive Producer
Producer/Director: Jennifer Bush­Daumec
Opening an old leather suitcase compels a New Zealand filmmaker to revisit her Rhodesian childhood and reconcile herself with the effects of the colonial past. Documentary 70mins digibeta
Bushcraft in association with Gaylene Preston Productions





2003 PERFECT STRANGERS
Writer/Director/Producer
The dangerous deception of desire. A chilling romance.
BEST FILM: Female Eye Festival, Toronto, 2005
BEST ACTRESS: Rachael Blake, Fantasporto Film Festival, Portugal, 2004
BEST ACTRESS: Rachael Blake, Vladivostok Film Festival, 2004
One of the years best films, stylish, funny and disturbing...a genuine original ­ Evan Williams THE AUSTRALIAN
Gaylene Preston's generally taut and well directed pic is her best work in film to date ­ David Stratton VARIETY
Feature 100mins widescreen 35mm colour
Gaylene Preston Productions





2002 COFFEE, TEA OR ME?
Producer
Director/Producer: Brita McVeigh
The surprising tale of the underestimated trollydolly. SELECTED: NZ International Film Festival, Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver
Documentary 70mins Beta SP
Gaylene Preston Productions





2001 TITLESS WONDERS
Producer/Director
Emotional journeys after a breast cancer diagnosis. PREMIER AWARD: NZ Media Peace Awards, 2001
SELECTED: NZ International Film Festival 2001
Keynote presentation World Breast Cancer Symposium 2002 A compelling mixture of poetry and pragmatism ­ Irene Gardiner
72mins Beta SP
Gaylene Preston Productions





2001 WAHINE REQUIEM
Semi­permanent cinema installation for Wellington Museum of City and Sea.
12mins
Gaylene Preston Productions





1999 GETTING TO OUR PLACE
Producer/Director (with Anna Cottrell)
A fly­on­the­wall behind the scenes look at the remarkably bumpy road to Te Papa.
SELECTED: NZ Film Festival 1999
72mins
Gaylene Preston Productions





1999 PUNITIVE DAMAGE
Producer
Director/Producer: Annie Goldson
The true story of a death in Timor and the power of a mother's grief.
SILVER MEDIANET: Munich Film Festival Awards
BEST DOCUMENTARY: 2nd place Sydney Film Festival Awards SELECTED: Critics Week Locarno International Documentary Festival
Packs more punch than most Hollywood blockbusters ­ CONTACT Feature 78mins 35mm Colour
Occasional Productions in association with Gaylene Preston Productions





1998 SURVIVOR STORIES
Producer/Director
The Napier Earthquake of 1931 remembered.
Semi­permanent cinema installation for the Hawkes Bay Culture Trust
36mins glass laser disc





1997 PARALLEL PATHS
Director
3 Television commercials for the Land Transport Safety Authority.
WINNER: Outstanding creativity for direction Silver Mobius Awards
Sacchi & Saatchi/Flying Fish





1996 NO OTHER LIPS
Director/Co­Producer
A portrait of Maori poet, Hone Tuwhare.
SELECTED: NZ International Film Festival 1996
Gaylene Preston has fashioned a shrewdly appreciative portrait ­ Bill Gosden NZ FILM FESTIVAL
Documentary 46mins
Greenstone Pictures in association with Gaylene Preston Productions





1995 ABSENT FRIENDS
Television commercials for the Land Transport Safety Authority.
WINNER: Gold Axis Award 1996
WINNER: Silver Clio 1997
Saatchi & Saatchi/Flying Fish





1995 WAR STORIES Our Mothers Never Told Us
Producer/Director
Seven New Zealand women share stories of love and loss during the Second World War.
BEST FILM: NZ Film & TV Awards, 1995
MOST POPULAR FILM: Sydney Film Festival, 1995
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Sydney Film Festival, 1995
Selected for the foreign film premier season Los Angeles 1996 by the friends of the American Film Archive
A rich universal experience ­ Kevin Thomas L.A. TIMES Feature 94mins 35mm Dolby Stereo
Gaylene Preston Productions





1993 BREAD AND ROSES
Director/Co­writer/Associate Producer
A four­part mini­series for television based on the autobiography of Sonja Davies.
BEST ACTRESS: NZ Film & TV Awards, 1994
BEST ACTRESS: NZ Film & TV Awards, 1994
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: NZ Film & TV Awards, 1994
BEST DESIGN: NZ Film & TV Awards, 1994
3rd PLACE POULAR VOTE: Melbourne Film Festival, 1994
In the 'kill to watch' category...faultlessly directed ­ Neil Jillet MELBOURNE AGE
200mins 16mm colour
Preston Laing Productions





1992 MARRIED
Director
Part of Anthology Drama Series.
SELECTED: Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch International Film Festivals
50mins 16mm colour
Meridian Film Productions





1990 RUBY & RATA
Director/Co­Producer
An old lady, a would be rock singer and a delinquent child – with more in common than they realise.
WINNER: Best Editing, Best Film Score, Best Contribution to a Soundtrack, Best Male Performance, NZ Film & TV Awards WINNER: Best Feature, 3rd Place­Popular Choice, Sydney & Melbourne Film Festivals
GOLD MEDAL AWARD: Giffoni Children's Film Festival, Italy POPULAR VOTE: Top 10 Toronto Film Festival
Preston and her team have woven a special kind of Kiwi magic in this one – I'd crawl over broken glass to see it again and again­ Peter Calder NZ HERALD
Feature 102mins 35mm colour
Preston Laing Productions





1987 KAI PURAKAU The Story Teller
Producer/Director
A documentary for Thames Television (UK) on Booker Prize winning writer Keri Hulme.
SELECTED: New Zealand International Film Festival Documentary 27mins 16mm colour
Gaylene Preston Productions





1985 MR WRONG (aka DARK OF THE NIGHT ­ USA) Director/Producer/Co­writer
A genre bending thriller about a young woman who buys a haunted car. Based on a short story by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE: NZ Film & TV Awards
2eme PRIX DU PUBLIC: Festival de Films de Femmes de Creteil, 1986
A dandy little thriller marked by excellent performances ­ Judith Crist
87mins 35mm colour
Preston Laing Productions





1983 PATU
Co­ordinator
Merata Mita's feature­length documentary about the protest against the Springbok tour of New Zealand (1981). Documentary 85 mins 16mm
Awatea Films





1982 MAKING UTU
Producer/Director
A documentary about the making of Geoff Murphy's feature­film UTU, looking at the issues involved in exploring New Zealand's racial past.
Documentary 48mins 16mm colour
Gaylene Preston Productions





1981 HOLD UP
Director/Co­Producer/Screenplay
A deaf dress designer, a blind radio announcer and a film critic with cerebal palsey, witness the robbery of a cinema. WINNER: Best Overseas Film for under 12year­olds Australian Teachers of Media 1983
WINNER: Best Overseas Film Rehabilitation Film Festival New York 1983
WINNER: First Prize Dramatisation Category Rehabilitation International World Congress Lisbon 1984
24mins 16mm colour
Gibson Films/Gaylene Preston Productions





1980 LEARNING FAST
Producer/Director
A documentary about seven small town seventeen year olds leaving school and with difficulty finding their place in the world.
A classic Documentary. Excellent, Preston shows a deft touch ­ THE DOMINION
48mins 16mm colour
Gaylene Preston Productions





1978 ALL THE WAY UP THERE
Director/Producer
Bruce Burgess, physically disabled since birth, and Graeme Dingle, a well­known mountaineer, climb Mt Ruapehu together. SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Banff Festival of Mountain Films, 1980 SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Festival International du Film Alpine Les Diaberets, 1980





BLUE RIBBON: American Film Festival, 1979 27mins 16mm colour
Valhalla Films




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