Simone Horrocks was roughly six when her father dragged her out of bed for a sneak preview of 2001: A Space Odyssey. She was totally transfixed. After studying film in London, Horrocks worked as a camera assistant, before her 1996 short Spindrift won a prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Her feature debut is “brooding, intense” (NZ Herald) drama After the Waterfall, featuring Anthony Starr.

Getting from advanced development to green light, is the last tough bit of the climb ... it’s the last five percent, but it’s the toughest five percent. Simone Horrocks, on website Wellywood Woman, on getting films made