Growing up, you could find Ainsley Gardiner (Te-Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Awa) at Whakatane's local cinema on most Fridays. In 1995 she joined Larry Parr at Kahukura Productions, where she would produce low budget feature Kombi Nation (2003) and co-produce TV comedy Love Bites. Then she teamed up with Taika Waititi for Oscar-nominated short film Two Cars, One Night, and established Whenua Films with Cliff Curtis. The trio struck creative gold with World War II short Tama Tū, Waititi's first movie Eagle vs Shark and 2010 hit Boy.
In this ScreenTalk, Gardiner talks about:
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Interview, Camera and Editing – James Coleman
I was still really over producing. I had never got into the film industry to be a producer, and in fact, for the last 10 years it's been somewhat begrudgingly that I've produced these projects — but, what I couldn't deny is, I loved working with Taika. And the scripts were just so damned perfect on paper: I just couldn't resist them, actually.– Ainsley Gardiner on finding her groove while working with writer/director Taika Waititi