While making his mark as a professional skier, Canadian-born Mathurin Molgat began displaying his skills in front of the camera. After meeting Kiwi director Michael Firth, he ended up co-starring in Firth's 1987 movie The Leading Edge, as an adventurer in Aotearoa. Since then Molgat has lent his outdoor skills to films and 30+ commercials. In 2012 he directed his own film: the much travelled environmental documentary Song of the Kauri. Long based in Queenstown, Mathurin has also promoted Queenstown overseas as a skiing and filming location. He is co-owner of essential oils company Wilding & Co.

A documentary should enchant and entertain, but it should also question and incite revolution. Mathurin Molgat on his film Song of the Kauri
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Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls

2013, Camera Assistant - Television

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Song of the Kauri

2012, Director, Producer, Composer - Film

This 2012 documentary explores the economic and creative potential of one of the icons of New Zealand’s forest: the kauri. Logging and fire have destroyed 95% of Aotearoa’s great kauri forests (this film was made before kauri dieback disease became a major threat). Director Mathurin Molgat poses a solution to the tree’s survival: commercial harvest. He frames the film around Laurie Williams, who makes guitars from the wood. In this excerpt, musician Tiki Taane talks about Tāne Mahuta, and a tree is prepared for felling. The film screened at a number of festivals in the United States. 

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City of Volcanoes

1992, As: Rollerblader, Camera - Television

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Skifield in the Sky

1989, Co-Director, Producer, Subject - Television

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The Leading Edge

1987, As: Matt - Film

Michael Firth's follow-up to his 1977 Oscar-nominated ski documentary Off the Edge, but this time with a plot and scripted dialogue. Canadian Matt hitches from Auckland to meet a bunch of Kiwi extreme thrill-seekers at a southern ski field. They throw themselves off volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and into an Iron Man with "get more go" abandon. Cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh's first feature shoot — "I was relatively cheap and I could ski" — is notable for its action sequences (set to an 80s pop soundtrack) and Billy T James as a mad pilot.   

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Just the Way You Are

1984, Stunts, Camera - Television