Gaylene Preston has called Robin Laing 'an oasis of reason and practicality' in the chaos that is filmmaking. Laing began making feature films at a time when women producers were rare in New Zealand. Since then she has produced an eclectic mix of features, short films and arts documentaries, and often lent a hand to emerging filmmakers.
In this ScreenTalk, Laing talks about:
- A movie-mad childhood
- First meeting director Gaylene Preston, who persuaded Laing to try out producing
- Being told to go get a man – and also that women 'are not an audience' – while getting debut feature Mr Wrong off the ground
- Distributing Mr Wrong themselves, after sellout festival screenings somehow persuaded distributors and TV networks the film had no audience
- Her interest in history and telling our stories
- Behind-the-scenes stories of covert property-buying for comedy hit Ruby and Rata
- Persuading MP Sonja Davies to let a man write her story on the acclaimed Bread and Roses
- Paying tribute to treasured collaborator Graeme Tetley
- Working with filmmakers Shirley Horrocks (Flip & Two Twisters) and Niki Caro (The Vintner's Luck)
- Her interest in working with emerging filmmakers, including on an anthology series for television
- How women's stories have become more acceptable in the market place
This video was first uploaded on 6 November 2012, and is available under
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Interview and Editing - Ian Pryor. Camera - Alex Backhouse