Kathleen Mantel began directing television documentaries in the late 90s. Since then she has won awards in the United States for Kiwi-made docos on problem gambling (It's Not a Game), teenage pregnancy (KIDS) and the Exclusive Brethren (Leaving the Exclusive Brethren). In 2012 her doco The Green Chain won the NZ Television Award for Best Popular Documentary.

It's an honour to go into a person's house for an interview as a stranger, and leave with an intimate knowledge of someone, of something, or of an idea you didn't have before. Kathleen Mantel

Screenography

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Leaving the Exclusive Brethren

2005, Director, Writer - Television

This Inside New Zealand doco examines the experiences of four former members of the Exclusive Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian sect which shuns contact with the outside world. Those that leave become completely cut off from their families and friends remaining within the church — with often traumatic, and sometimes tragic, results. The Brethren, which played a controversial role in the 2005 General Election, forbid members to use radio, film, TV and the internet but gave these programme makers unprecedented access to their previously hidden world.

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The Green Chain

2011, Director, Writer - Television

This homegrown Erin Brockovich story follows former Whakatane sawmill worker Joe Harawira and his long battle to reveal the impact that workplace toxins have had on his community. In the 80s after being afflicted by health issues, Harawira noticed co-workers getting sick. In 1988 he helped found SWAP (Sawmill Workers Against Poisons) and began investigating the effects of exposure to dioxins, a by-product of timber treatment. The Joe vs the mills crusade screened on Māori Television and won Best Popular Documentary at the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards.

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Dying for a Smoke

2011, Director, Writer

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Crowded House

2003, Director, Writer

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The Story: Whānau Ora

2014, Director

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KIDS – The Story of Teenage pregnancy

2002, Director, Writer

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Descent 3

2000, Director, Editor

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Tamariki Ora: A New Beginning

2010, Director

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Easy Money

2004, Director, Writer

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Nightline

1997, Reporter, Editor - Television

TV3's late night news show was devised in 1990 to provide a mix of credible news and entertainment. Once the serious news of the day was dispensed with, the brief was that the show could be a bit "off" with few rules - and the freedom to push boundaries. That's exactly what presenters like Belinda Todd, Bill Ralston, Dylan Taite and David Farrier proceeded to do in the show's often infamous "third break". Meanwhile, newsreaders including Joanna Paul, Janet Wilson, Leanne Malcolm and Carolyn Robinson did their best to keep a straight face. "Yo Nightliners!"

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Raising the Moko

2008, Director, Writer

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Nocturne

2000, Director

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It’s Not a Game

2004, Director, Writer

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Women Behind Bars

1998, Sound

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The Independent Games Festival

2000, Director

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20/20

1996, Editor, Sound

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Gametime

1998 - 2000, Director

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Educating Tama

2014, Director

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