After training at South Seas Film School in 1999, James Anderson began his career on music shows Squeeze and Space, becoming a cameraman and editor on both. After arts series The Living Room and time working in the UK, he set up company Two Heads back in NZ, with Nick Ward. Since then Anderson has travelled the world helming Making Tracks, and been AFTA-nominated for primetime's Food Truck.

... anyone can come up with an idea for a TV show — it’s about what you do with it, all the other elements, then selling the idea and getting people to invest in it that counts. James Anderson, on website Stolen Rum
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In Colour

2013, Camera - Music video

Electronic soul band Shapeshifter is one of the NZ acts whose songs were covered by international artists in Nick Dwyer’s Making Tracks TV series. Dwyer takes that relationship a step further with this infectious music video for one of the singles from their fourth album Delta. He accompanies their lyrics, about putting aside the pressures and problems of everyday life, with a series of vibrant images from around the world. Gathered during his globetrotting, they celebrate human connection and the simple pleasures afforded by music (and a NZ 1990 t-shirt).


Funny Roots

2012, Director, Camera


Stand Up for Christchurch

2011, Director, Camera


The Food Truck

2011 - 2012, Director, Camera


Roast of Mike King

2010, Director, Camera


A Night at the Classic

2010 - 2012, Executive Producer - Television

Auckland's home of stand-up comedy, The Classic theatre in Queen Street, is the subject of this "behind the scenes" mockumentary TV series. Anchored by MC Brendhan Lovegrove, episodes follow a night's performances; onstage routines are intercut with action from the green room and front of house. The line between reality and self-deprecatory fiction is blurry, with the participants happy to send themselves up. Show biz glamour is in short supply and, at times, it's preferable to look just about anywhere except the screen. A second series screened in 2012.


A Night at the Classic - First Episode

2010, Executive Producer - Television

Host and MC Brendhan Lovegrove goes behind the scenes of Pro Night at The Classic comedy theatre in Auckland in the first episode of this accomplished mockumentary series. Irene Pink, Andre King and Ben Hurley are the evening's performers. Backstage, barely concealed jealousies and rivalries simmer in a less than salubrious green room. Meanwhile, Brendon Pongia, from TVNZ's Good Morning show, is in the audience and pulses quicken at the prospect of an off-peak network TV interview. No-one is safe and beware for moments of excruciating viewing.


Girl Racers

2009, Director, Camera, Editor



2008, Producer


Nicky Watson Calendar Girl

2008, Camera, Director


Making Tracks

2008, Director, Producer, Camera, Editor


The Cheerleaders

2007, Director, Camera, Editor


Miss Hawaiian Tropic Uncovered

2006, Director, Camera, Editor


Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story

2006, Additional Camera - Television

This documentary follows the "seven headed soul monster direct from the shores of Wellington" — Fat Freddys Drop — as they rumble their dub-rich sound through Europe like a Houghton Bay roller. Touring to showcase album Based on a True Story, it features rehearsals and performances, eating Italian kai moana, playing concrete ping pong in Berlin, and (in the fifth clip) a jam with Cliff Curtis. Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe lauds the 'fullas' and Mu explains whanau to German journos. True Story sold 120,000+ copies and dominated the 2005 New Zealand Music Awards.  


Eating Media Lunch - Best Of Episode

2006, Editor - Television

In this highlights special culled from the first four years of Eating Media Lunch, presenter Jeremy Wells manages to keep a straight face while mercilessly satirising all manner of mainstream media. Leaping channels and barriers of taste, the episode shows the fine line between send-up and target. The 'Worst of EML' tests the patience of talkback radio hosts and goes behind the demise of celebrity merino Shrek; plus terrorist blooper reels, Destiny Church protests, Target hijinks, and our first indigenous porno flick (you have been warned: not suitable for children).

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The Living Room - Series Three

2006, Director, Editor


Dynamo’s Concrete Playground

2005, Director


Planes, Game and Automobiles

2005, Director, Editor, Camera

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All the Young Fascists

2005, Editor - Music video

Director Mark Albiston (Six Dollar Fifty Man) crafts a frenetic clip for a politically-charged song, belted out by the iconic Kiwi rockers with the allegorical assistance of a praying mantis.   "Praying mantids are fun to work with, remarkably photogenic and not scared of anything! I worked with Aaron Beck who shot most of the mantis stuff in his bedroom with flashing background lights on DV camera with standard 35mm lens stuck on backwards to the front element. The mantis stuff on the mic was shot on location with the band on 16mm." Mark Albiston - Feb 09


War of the Words

2005, Director, Editor, Camera



2004, Editor



2004 - 2006, Director, Camera


Verbally Decapitating

2004, Director, Editor

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The Living Room - Series Two, Episode One

2004, Editor - Television

Roots reggae act Kora present this Living Room episode from the beach at Whakatane — hometown for the four Queenstown-based brothers. Then ex-Mental As Anything guitarist Reg Mombassa (born in NZ as Chris O'Doherty) talks from his Sydney home about his iconic artworks for Mambo — including the notorious Australian Jesus series — and wonders if he is turning into a blowfly. And finally there’s a profile of self-taught outsider artist Martin Thompson, whose painstaking mathematically-based work has travelled from Wellington community workshops to Wallpaper* magazine.


The Living Room - Series Two, Episode Ten

2004, Editor - Television

This final episode from the second series of the award-winning arts series is presented by Taika Cohen (aka Taika Waititi) "from the living room at Gunter’s house". Taika talks about making short film Tama Tū, meets Diego a 200-year-old vampire,and performs Taika’s Incredible Show at Bats. It includes excerpts from little-seen short John & Pogo. Also featured are artist Siren Maclaine (aka Siren Deluxe) and her feminist erotica; Caroline Robinson’s large scale Auckland motorway sculptures; and legendary comics artist Colin Wilson (Judge Dredd, Blueberry).

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The Living Room - Series Two (excerpts)

2004 - 2005, Editor - Television

A magazine show with an edge, The Living Room did for arts television production what Radio With Pictures did for NZ music — it ripped open the venetian blinds, rearranged the plastic-covered cushions, and shone the light on Aotearoa’s homegrown creative culture. Often letting the subjects film and present their own stories, it was produced for three series by Wellington’s Sticky Pictures. These excerpts from the second series have everything from outsider artist Martin Thompson making art from maths, to horror hamming it up with Taika's Incredible Show.


Severed Tongue

2003, Director, Editor


The Red Bull Music Academy

2003 - 2004, Editor, Camera, Director


Eating Media Lunch

2003 - 2008, Editor - Television

Eating Media Lunch satirised mainstream media, from "issues of the day" journalism to reality TV to the society pages (lampooned in the "celebrity share market index index"). No fish was too big or barrel too small. Presenter Jeremy Wells kept a straight face over seven seasons of often controversial episodes, while investigating issues inexplicably missed by other media (eg the porno film made in Taranaki and shot in te reo, or ritalin-fueled reality programme Medswap). EML's seventh season won Best Comedy Programme at the 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards.  



2000 - 2003, Camera, Camera


Squeeze (Music Show)

1999 - 2004, Director, Editor

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Ruia Taitea: The World is Where We Are

1990, As: Boy - Film

This documentary looks at the life and work of acclaimed author Patricia Grace. Filmed at home, on marae and in classrooms, Grace discusses her writing process, her Hongoeka Bay upbringing, her children’s books, criticism of her work, and her Māori identity and belonging to the land (a theme of her then-recently successful novel Potiki). In particular she affirms the importance of writing from experience. The film features interviews with publishers and friends, and excerpts from Grace's stories are read and dramatised, including At the River, The Hills and Mutuwhenua.