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Ruth Harley: On her days as Film Commission CEO...

Interview – 2009

After 10 and a half years as CEO of the NZ Film Commission, Ruth Harley stepped down to head across the ditch to helm Screen Australia. Doctor Harley quickly moved into management in the film and television sector, initially at TVNZ in the 1980s, then as the first Executive Director of newly formed funding body NZ On Air. In 1997 she was appointed CEO of the Film Commission.

In this ScreenTalk, Harley talks about:

  • Moving from her thesis on Kiwi authors to being the first Commissioning Editor at TVNZ in 1986
  • Bread and Roses and An Angel at My Table being highlights from that time
  • Becoming the first Executive Director of NZ On Air in 1989
  • Being a sometimes controversial leader of the NZFC as it faced up to growing pains
  • The challenges of fostering a sustainable New Zealand film industry
This video was first uploaded on 7 January 2009, 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 - Clare O'Leary. Camera and Editing - Leo Guerchmann