Pearl Tahana inherits her grandmother’s cottage and uses it to set up an espresso bar across the road from her estranged father Jack's tearooms; and so begins a hilarious and heartfelt fifty foot journey With Jack up to his kneecaps in trouble with the local debt collector for paying for his girlfriend Trish’s chemo treatments, the last thing he needs is competition in the form of his daughter. Told in the rich vein of comedy of the best and worst father daughter relationships, the road to redemption is neither swift or easy. It is however ultimately rewarding when Pearl, Jack and Trish come together in the end and join forces to open the Best Coffee and Bagel spot this side of the Main South Road.
In the mid 1800’s shiploads of young women sailed to New Zealand to fill the shortage of domestic help. For three women eager to escape poverty and servitude it’s the journey of a lifetime. Thanks to the quick wit and good humour of our core characters (staunch Irish Catholic Catherine McGonigle, London born rough diamond Harriet Attewell, and the secretly pregnant Mary-Anne Webb), spirits stay high despite extreme weather, rough seas, disease and death. But it’s not all doom and gloom: new romances blossom, a baby is born, and Harriet sees justice following a sexual assault (an historically accurate, and truly impressive feat even by modern standards). Bolstered by a new, hard-earned sense of self-belief, these girls arrive in Lyttelton primed for an independence they never thought possible. Following in the successful footsteps of other female- led historical dramas (Hidden Figures, The Sapphires), “The Hope” celebrates the invisible history of our courageous Pakeha female founders who risked it all to start new lives in colonial New Zealand. Life, death, love, lice – anything can happen when you’re living below deck./p>
It’s suburbia Everest style, it’s second home to New Zealander Guy Cotter, and it’s close to our collective kiwi heart: Everest Base Camp hosts a pop-up city with a population of 2000 people every year from March through May. He’s been part of this scene since the mid 90’s, and whether he likes it or not Guy represents New Zealand on the global stage as a stakeholder in this highly competitive, sometimes corrupt, always extreme environment. What’s it like running a high-end adventure tourism business in one of the most dangerous and unpredictable environments on earth? What do you do when the “safest place on Everest” kills seven of your friends and co-workers and leaves twenty years worth of Base Camp infrastructure in tatters?
The idea of ‘healing thoughts’ was long ago hijacked by new age gurus and spiritual healers, but a growing body of scientific research is now uncovering evidence that our subjective thoughts, emotions and beliefs can have very real benefits to our health, from easing symptoms and improving immune responses to reducing our risk of getting ill in the first place. With clarity, compassion, and humour, Cure points the way towards a system of medicine that treats us not simply as bodies but as human beings, and explains how we can make use of these findings in our own lives.
Virginia has over twenty years of experience producing and directing stories for screens big and small. More recently the attraction of spending more time telling a single story really well has lured her towards feature and feature docs. Her screen credits range from primetime arts and docu-drama programming on TVNZ and TV3 to blue chip documentaries on networks such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Fox Television’s Natural History New Zealand. For the past decade Virginia has developed and produced popular factual television delivering viewers around the world an opportunity to probe the mystery of the mind, question biology and explore the spirit that motivates our actions and ambitions. Her belief that stories anchored in the real world gain power from their authenticity means that her slate includes features based on true stories as well as feature docs exploring the space where modern science meets philosophy.
Having a double honours degree in French and English Virginia has studied story telling through the centuries in both languages. On her return from living in France for two years where she taught English as a second language, Virginia completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Communication at Auckland University. She has been working in television ever since. Her work in screen production brings together her story telling skills, her journalistic instinct and her genuine interest in people and curiosity about the world around her.
-A television producer and director with 20+ years experience
-A highly skilled communicator and manager of people
-Skilfully elicits and captures the essence of a story
-Gains the confidence and trust of participants and is uncompromising in maintaining the integrity of their input into the story.
Back From the Death Zone: production abandoned due to earthquake/avalanche at Everest Base Camp, 2015
Aftermath: The Triumph of The City, Primetime 1 of 5 x 60’ Prime TV, 2014
Undercover Sex Slave Rescue, Primetime 1 x 60’ TVNZ, 2013
Aftermath: Where the Faults Lie, Primetime 1 of 5 x 60’ Prime TV, 2012
The Grand Plan, Primetime 3 x 60’, Prime TV, 2011
The Wait of The Nation, Primetime, 1 x 60’ Maori TV, 2010
$181 Dream, Primetime, 1 x 60’ TV3, 2010
The Worst Offenders: Can They Change? Primetime 1x60’ TVNZ , 2010
Finalist for Best Documentary Qantas Film and Television Awards