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Vincent Ward

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 Vincent Ward

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Vincent Ward

Vincent Ward has won an international reputation as one of New Zealand's most original and visionary filmmakers. Vigil and The Navigator played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival (the first Kiwi films to do so). In Hollywood, Ward made Robin Williams afterlife drama What Dreams May Come. Urewera-set docu-drama Rain of the Children (2008) revisited characters from his 1980 doco In Spring One Plants Alone. 

I want my films to be accessible, though I also want to do them on my own terms, and to be about my own concerns as a filmmaker. 
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 Rain of the Children

Rain of the Children

Director
Writer

2008

 River Queen

River Queen

Writer
Director

2005

 Spooked

Spooked

Actor

2004

 What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

Director

1998

 Map of the Human Heart

Map of the Human Heart

Director
Story

1993

 The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

Writer
Director

1988

 Kaleidoscope - NZ Cinema, The Past Decade

Kaleidoscope - NZ Cinema, The Past Decade

Subject

1987

 Vigil

Vigil

Director
Writer

1984

 In Spring One Plants Alone

In Spring One Plants Alone

Director

1980

 Sons for the Return Home

Sons for the Return Home

Art Director

1979

 A State of Siege

A State of Siege

Director
Writer

1978

 Ma Olsen

Ma Olsen

Director

1977


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Vincent Ward is one of our most acclaimed movie directors. His films have regularly won praise overseas for their originality, atmosphere and imagery. In this interview with Clare O'Leary, Vincent talks about his career...

Awards

2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Achievement in Directing in Film: for Rain of the Children

2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Nominated for Achievement in Directing - Film: for Rain of the Children

2007 Order of New Zealand Merit
For Contributions to Filmmaking

1993 Australian Film Institute Awards
Nominated for Best Director: for Map of the Human Heart
Nominated for Best Film (with Tim Bevan and Timothy White): Map of the Human Heart 

1989 Listener Film and Television Awards
Best Director: for The Navigator
Best Original Screenplay (shared with Geoff Chapple and Kely Lyons): The Navigator
Best Film: The Navigator

1988 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for the Palme d'Or (Grand Prize): The Navigator

1988 Australian Film Institute Awards
Best Director: for The Navigator
Best Film: The Navigator

1988 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Spain)
Best Film: The Navigator

1984 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for the Palme d'Or: Vigil (the first New Zealand feature invited to compete for the festival's grand prize)

1984 Listener Film and Television Awards
Best Original Screenplay (shared with Graeme Tetley): for Vigil

1978 Chicago International Film Festival
Gold Hugo: A State of Siege