Colin Hodson began making movies as part of the so-called Aro Valley Movement; contemporary digital films with links to the Wellington suburb of Aro Valley. After starring in 1999‘s Uncomfortable Comfortable, he directed and starred in Shifter and .OFF. (aka .ON.). The multi-talented Hodson has since made short Maul (which played at the Melbourne Film Festival), edited varied screen projects, and attended Europe's Binger Filmlab.
... includes some deft directorial flourishes, and performances of such uninflected realism that it is hard to believe that the film is fiction, and that we are not watching a documentary. Graeme Tuckett, reviewing Hodson’s film .OFF., Capital Times, 10 July 2002
The dark arts of the maul and scrum are shown in a new light in this short horror from Wellington filmmaker Colin Hodson. A failed try out for the local team spurs young rugby player Will (Ian Lesa) into greater efforts at training; after all, as the cardboard cutout rugby hero in the shop window tells him: “no guts, no glory”. But when he discovers some oval-shaped oddities in the steamy changing room, he’s given cause to question his ambitions. Maul screened at New Zealand and Melbourne Film Festivals in 2013. Ex-All Black Dallas Seymour plays the coach.
Weddings was a real life romance series from Julie Christie’s reality TV powerhouse Touchdown Productions. It followed couples on their way to the altar — from abstinent Christians, nudists and cross-dressers, to a Days of Our Lives devotee. Among the challenges faced were obstinate mother-in-laws, and finding the cash to pay for the function. Presented by Jayne Kiely, Weddings proved a ratings success for TV2. Follow-up series Weddings: Happily ever after? (2001) caught up with couples to see if married life was wedded bliss, or something else.