Contact Short Film Otago
For any further information about Short Film Otago please contact:
Al Baddock: 021 588 545
George Dawes: 021 109 2058
Judith Curran: 027 235 8794
Stephen Downes: 021 174 9411
Katie Brockie: 021 188 1282
Short Film Otago
PO Box 5692
Members of The Short Film Otago Trust
Al is a screenwriter, director and production consultant with over 30 years experience in developing shows for international audiences, including more than 100 science, public issues and natural history films. He has worked as writer, production and story consultant on documentaries sold to broadcasters in 130 countries and international cable networks Channel News Asia, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and has written television drama, animations and children’s programmes.
Katie works as a Researcher at Natural History New Zealand. She has directed a number of short films and worked in film and television for 30 years.
Ross Johnston is currently the Director of Film Making at the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication. He’s spent over thirty years in the television industry making almost every conceivable genre of programme – he says he has a low threshold for boredom.
In 1998 George immigrated from the United Kingdom to New Zealand with his family and from the age of five dreamed of a career in the film industry. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago and a Master of Science Communication from the Centre for Science Communication. George’s credits include Three Little Pigs: A Curly Tale (2010), a documentary that covers the controversy around pork production in New Zealand and The Assassin (2011), which he produced for Short Film Otago.
Judith is an Executive Producer at Natural History New Zealand in Dunedin. Judith has produced many hours of award winning documentary films over the past twenty years. Judith’s career in television production was launched in Australia where she produced and directed a wide range of highly acclaimed documentaries. Since joining NHNZ in 2001, Judith has been the driving force behind an equally diverse range of programs. Most recently, Judith has series-produced top rating docu-drama Orangutan Island, two 13 part series credited with raising awareness about the plight of this endangered species with audiences around the world.
Stephen along with Robert Sarkies made short film happen in Dunedin when they formed Nightmare Productions together in the late 1980’s. Over the course of 10 years a large group of diverse talents evolved around Stephen and Robert producing a string of highly successful short films. Those 10 years culminated in the realization of both their dreams – the opportunity to make a feature in Dunedin. That feature was Scarfies which went on to become one of New Zealand’s most successful recent feature films. Stephen has continued to shoot many short dramas for others and to direct and shoot his own projects as well.
Zoe grew up surrounded by film and drama, first as an actor and later as a director, production co-ordinator and producer. Her experience ranges from field and studio directing for Maori Television, to assistant directing for South Pacific Pictures (Shortland Street) and producing music videos and short films (The Peter Jackson Project). Zoe produced three 3D film productions in 2009, along with the interactive series, Casebook.
Amie Richardson is an award-winning journalist, freelance writer, documentary associate producer/researcher and PR consultant who has worked in the television and media industries for more than 10 years. As a journalist, she has worked for many prominent New Zealand publications, including the Sunday Star-Times, New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Listener. Since going freelance in 2005, Amie began work as a documentary researcher and associate producer in Wellington and Auckland and has worked on many programmes for TVNZ and TV3. Amie also has extensive experience as a PR consultant and copywriter for a variety of clients – from Government departments to start-up companies. Amie’s short film script Paradise (written with husband Wayne Biggs) was one of the first films produced by Short Film Otago and was selected for the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2009.
Kristan Mouat is currently Head of Media Studies and Assistant Principal at Logan Park High School, in Dunedin. She enjoys supporting enthusiastic young film-makers from the earliest imaginings through to producing their final short films. Many of her ex-students have gone on to have exciting and successful careers in Television, Theatre and Film.
Sina is a writer, director, editor and producer who has played key roles in several of Short Film Otago’s most successful films, writing one, editing one, directing three, and producing two. For ten years she was a writer and post producer for NHNZ, writing and editing projects for numerous major international broadcasters including National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, as well as other successful independent productions. She is currently a Content Producer for software developer, ADInstruments.
A previous winner of the Otago Secondary schools film competition, Mickey Treadwell now works as the post-production coordinator for Natural History New Zealand. In the past three years he has worked on over 100 hours of programming for Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, PBS, and TVNZ. He has also worked as a producer and DOP for the Otago University Chemistry Outreach team, and the science wānanga rōpu.