Armagan Ballantyne made her feature film debut in 2009 with The Strength of Water, the tale of two children in an isolated coastal town. The Kiwi-German co-production was invited to festivals in Berlin, Rotterdam and Auckland. After winning an award for an Emma Paki music video back in 1996, Ballantyne studied film in Sydney and Prague. Her CV includes commercials, episodes of acclaimed children's show Being Eve, and award-winning short films (Whistle She Rolls). In 2008 she was one of 22 filmmakers from around the globe selected to make a short for United Nations anthology film Stories on Human Rights.
Childhood, sudden death, Māori culture and rugged New Zealand scenery make a potent mix, compellingly handled by Armagan Ballantyne ... Ballantyne’s feature has a quiet polish and emotional honesty... Screen Daily reviewer Jonathan Romney on The Strength of Water, 28 January 2009