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Bridget Ikin: A champion for diversity and authenticity…

Interview – 2018

Producer Bridget Ikin has long been a champion for women in the screen industry. Working on both sides of the Tasman, she has collaborated with many influential creatives including directors Jane Campion, Alison Maclean, Stewart Main, Australian Sarah Watt, and writers Eleanor Catton and Emily Perkins.

In this ScreenTalk, Ikin talks about:

  • Working with a bunch of emerging talents on anthology TV series About Face
  • Getting the chance to "dream big" with short film Kitchen Sink
  • The thrill of winning a global audience at the Cannes Film Festival with the film
  • The tortuous process of funding An Angel at My Table, and the success that followed
  • How Alison Maclean explored tensions between Māori and Pākehā in her first feature Crush
  • Setting out to tell a different narrative about climbing Mt Everest, in documentary Sherpa
  • Exploring themes of abuse in Eleanor Catton's drama school tale The Rehearsal
  • Why the film may not have been the best fit for actor James Rolleston
  • Authenticity lying at the heart of her life and career
This video was first uploaded on 14 November 2018, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside
It was the first short film from New Zealand to be invited in competition in Cannes, which was super exciting. I mean honestly it just like opened the door to a whole new ...an international audience for me, quite early in my career. It was amazing the taste of that opportunity. . .
– Bridget Ikin on Kitchen Sink competing for best short film at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989