Timaru born and raised, Ann Brebner began writing plays as a child, then studied psychology at Otago University. Hopes of a career in music or medicine were abandoned after she joined London’s Old Vic Theatre School. But it was in San Francisco that she made her mark — running the city’s biggest casting agency with Brit husband John, she found actors for local directors like George Lucas, and discovered Danny Glover. Brebner also directed plays, wrote a popular acting manual, and was instrumental in a five-year campaign to find a home for the California Film Institute. She passed away on 13 January 2017, at 93.

...you may die tomorrow, [or] you may be writing five more plays—and what encourages this is a secret of all creative work, which is being present in the moment because it may be all we have. Ann Brebner, in a November 2013 interview with newspaper The Pacific Sun

Smooth Talk

1985, Casting - West Coast - Film

Escape from Alcatraz

1979, Casting - San Francisco - Film

Freebie and the Bean

1974, Casting - San Francisco - Film

The Conversation

1974, Casting - San Francisco - Television

American Graffiti

1973, Casting Assistant - Film

The Streets of San Francisco

1972 - 1977, Casting - Television

Harold and Maude

1971, Casting - San Francisco - Film

THX 1138

1971, Casting Director - Film

Take the Money and Run

1969, Casting Assistant - Film


1968, Casting Director - Film


1968, Casting - Film

The Pleasure of his Company

1961, Casting Director - Film