Jamie Lawrence has balanced short films with a career directing commercials. With his debut short, 2008's Somewhere Only We Know, he showed he could tell a story without any dialogue at all. Follow-up comedy Darryn Exists debuted in the NZ Film Festival, and got an Honourable Mention in Nashville. In 2008 Lawrence won a scholarship — and raised $30,000 in sponsorship — to study at the New York Film Academy.
I want to tell stories that speak to people and influence them. I love telling these stories on screen — I still get excited every time someone hits record on the camera. Jamie Lawrence
In this short off-beat romance, Penelope (Anna Kennedy), a temp and unpublished romance novelist, discovers that in order to find love, she has to find herself. Combining fact and fantasy Penelope goes on a quirky quest to write her own love story: from dating, to group therapy, to a 'man rack' that memorably visualises Penelope's tendencies towards the fictional. Veterans Ginette McDonald (Penelope's agent) and Jed Brophy (a short date) are included amongst the supporting cast. Darryn Exists won an honourable mention at Nashville Film Festival.
"As dark as Twilight, as twisted as Twin Peaks, and as bitchy as Gossip Girl" is David Stubbs' summary of the series he co-created, produced and directed with Tom Robins for Krafthaus Films. Beautiful but doomed Beth Connolly (played by the coincidentally named Beth Chote) washes up in Kafkaesque suburban Porirua, where folks are understandably freaked out by her dead-on resemblance to missing schoolgirl Tara. The winner of an International Digital Emmy in 2010, the series originally screened in 2009 and has since been sold to Swedish channel SVT.