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Michael Bennett

Director, Writer [Te Arawa]

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Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett's Cow was invited to the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. The award-winning no-dialogue short film involves two men and a cow, lost at sea. Bennett followed it with Māori rite-of-passage tale Kerosene Creek. He has also written the feature Jubilee, and directed for Outrageous Fortune, his own tele-play The Confessions of Prisoner T, and on acclaimed big screen ensemble drama Matariki.

I hope I’m still making short films when I’m 80. 
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 The Confessions of Prisoner T

The Confessions of Prisoner T

Writer
Director
Producer

2013

 The Factory

The Factory

Writer
Associate Producer

2013

 The Factory - Ballbag (Episode Nine)

The Factory - Ballbag (Episode Nine)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - Billy the Kid (Episode Sixteen)

The Factory - Billy the Kid (Episode Sixteen)

Deviser

2013

 The Factory - Datz Not Us (Episode Thirteen)

The Factory - Datz Not Us (Episode Thirteen)

Deviser

2013

 The Factory - Datz Us (Episode Twenty)

The Factory - Datz Us (Episode Twenty)

Deviser

2013

 The Factory - Fessing Up (Episode Seventeen)

The Factory - Fessing Up (Episode Seventeen)

Deviser

2013

 The Factory - Gafa (Episode Two)

The Factory - Gafa (Episode Two)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - No Butter Chicken (Episode 10)

The Factory - No Butter Chicken (Episode 10)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - Paua Struggle (Episode Five)

The Factory - Paua Struggle (Episode Five)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - Sexy Time (Episode Three)

The Factory - Sexy Time (Episode Three)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - Sh*t Salad (Episode Seven)

The Factory - Sh*t Salad (Episode Seven)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - Showtime! (Episode Six)

The Factory - Showtime! (Episode Six)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - Time to Shine (Episode Eight)

The Factory - Time to Shine (Episode Eight)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - Umu (Episode Four)

The Factory - Umu (Episode Four)

Deviser
Writer

2013

 The Factory - Wassup?! (Episode One)

The Factory - Wassup?! (Episode One)

Deviser

2013

 Night Shift

Night Shift

Executive Producer

2012

 Whare Māori - The Village (Episode One)

Whare Māori - The Village (Episode One)

Director

2011

 Whare Māori - The Wharenui (Episode Two)

Whare Māori - The Wharenui (Episode Two)

Director

2011

 Kaitangata Twitch

Kaitangata Twitch

Writer

2010

 Matariki

Matariki

Writer
Director

2010

 Tamariki Ora: A New Beginning

Tamariki Ora: A New Beginning

Director

2010

 Maddigan's Quest

Maddigan's Quest

Writer

2005

 Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune

Writer
Director

2005 - 2010

 Taonga

Taonga

Director

2005

 Taonga: Til Death Do Us Part

Taonga: Til Death Do Us Part

Director

2005

 The Lost Children

The Lost Children

Writer

2005

 The Pretender

The Pretender

Director

2005 - 2008

 Egg and Bomb

Egg and Bomb

Writer

2004

 Gladiator: the Norm Hewitt story

Gladiator: the Norm Hewitt story

Director

2004

 Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek

Writer
Director

2004

 P.E.T. Detectives

P.E.T. Detectives

Co-Creator
Associate Producer
Writer

2003

 Mataku - The Fishing Trip (Te Hi Ika)

Mataku - The Fishing Trip (Te Hi Ika)

Script Editor

2002

 Mataku - The Lost Tribe

Mataku - The Lost Tribe

Writer

2002

 Cow

Cow

Writer
Director

2001

 Mataku

Mataku

Writer
Director

2001 - 2005

 Mercy Peak

Mercy Peak

Director

2001 - 2003

 Fish Skin Suit

Fish Skin Suit

Script Editor

2000

 Jubilee

Jubilee

Writer

2000

 Street Legal

Street Legal

Writer

2000 - 2005

 Cover Story

Cover Story

Writer

1995 - 1996

 Skitz

Skitz

Writer

1993


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Awards

2013 Dreamspeakers Film Festival (Canada)
Best Feature Film: Matariki

2011 International Festival of Independent Film (Belgium)
Best Director: for Matariki
Nominated for Best International Film: Matariki

2011 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Script - Drama/Comedy Programme: for Kaitangata Twitch

2011 Wairoa Film Festival (New Zealand)
Best Feature Film: Matariki

2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Director - Factual Television: for Whare Maori

2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Director - Drama/Comedy: for Outrageous Fortune, Series 2, Episode 7

2006 Qantas Television Awards
Nominated for Best Director - Non-Factual: for Taonga

2001 Nokia New Zealand Film Awards
Best Screenplay - Short Film: for Cow

2000 New Zealand Film Awards
Nominated for Best Feature Screenplay: Jubilee

1997 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Screenplay - Television: Cover Story, Episode 7

1995 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Script, Drama/Comedy - Television (with Dave Armstrong, Warren Friend, Kerry Jimson, Donna Malane and Danny Mulheron): for Skitz