Annie Goldson, NZOM, may be New Zealand's most award-laden documentary maker. Goldson is known for thought-provoking feature-length documentaries like Punitive Damage, Georgie Girl, An Island Calling, and Brother Number One. He Toki Huna: New Zealand in Afghanistan (which Goldson made with Kay Ellmers) examines New Zealand’s longest military engagement.
In this ScreenTalk, Goldson talks about:
I was just listening to the radio and I heard Helen Todd, who is the central character in Punitive Damage. She had just taken an Indonesian general to trial for the wrongful death of her son in East Timor. And just in that little tiny Morning Report clip I was really struck by her intelligence, her grace, her determination; so I thought 'wow, there could really be a film there'.– Annie Goldson on the origins of her documentary Punitive Damage