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Carey Carter

Director, First Assistant Director [Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Pūkenga]

Carey Carter has worked in New Zealand film and television for over three decades. His career as a first assistant director began in the 1990s, supporting television (Shortland Street), short films (Mananui) and features (What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?). Since then, he has juggled his prolific slate as a first assistant director with other screen roles. He's directed music videos for Tiki Taane, produced sitcom Kai Korero and co-created (with Bradford Haami) the award-winning Mataku. The show was described as a "Māori Twilight Zone". Carter wrote, produced and directed for the series, which ran for three seasons. 

...the duty of a mainstream filmmaker is to make a box office success, and often the formulas that dictate that success can supersede the best intentions to accurately portray indigenous culture. In indigenous film, accurate cultural expression and spirituality comes first, and in "knowing" hands it can breathe freely and truthfully. . . Carey Carter in a letter to Onfilm magazine, April 2003, page 11