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Diana Rowan

Casting Director, Director

If the measure of success for a casting director is the subsequent success of the actors they pluck from the crowd, then Diana Rowan has certainly done time at the top of her field. She is the casting director who helped Anna Paquin, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Kerry Fox and Lucy Lawless on their way to international careers, while developing her own talents as a writer and director of short films.

In a way, she is a sort of fortune-teller... although she always takes care to tell those auditioning that the process is akin to buying a lotto ticket, she saw in an 11-year-old girl with no acting aspirations, something that would lead her to that walk up the red carpet. Writer Michele Hewitson, describing Diana Rowan in a 5 March 2004 NZ Herald interview

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Rocked the Nation

2008 - 2011, Subject - Television

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No. 2

2006, Casting Director - Film

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Perfect Creature

2006, Casting Director - Film

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River Queen

2005, Casting Director - Film

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The World's Fastest Indian

2005, Casting Director - Film

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In My Father's Den

2004, Casting Director - Film

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The Little Things

2004, Casting Director - Short Film

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Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider

2003, Subject - Television

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Whale Rider

2002, Casting Director - Film

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Rain

2001, Casting - Film

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Cover Story

1995 - 1996, Casting Director - Television

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The Last Tattoo

1994, Casting Director - Film

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Deepwater Haven - First Episode

1993, Casting Director - Television

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Desperate Remedies

1993, Casting Director - Film

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The Piano

1993, Casting Director - Film

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Absent Without Leave

1992, Casting Director - Film

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Crush

1992, Casting Director - Film

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The Wall

1992, Director, Writer - Short Film

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The End of the Golden Weather

1991, Casting Director - Film

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Undercover

1991, Casting Director - Television

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Star Runner - First Episode

1990, Casting Director - Television

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An Angel at My Table

1990, Casting Director - Film

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Ruby and Rata

1990, Casting Director - Film

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Ruia Taitea: The World is Where We Are

1990, Casting Director - Film

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Shark in the Park - Diversions (Series Two, Episode Four)

1990, Casting - Television

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Shark in the Park - Prospects (Series Two, Episode One)

1990, Casting - Television

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User Friendly

1990, Casting Director - Film

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Shark in the Park

1988 - 1991, Casting Director - Television

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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

1988, Casting Director - Film

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Talkback

1987, Casting Director - Television

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Stalin's Sickle

1986, Casting Director - Short Film

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Cuckoo Land

1985, Casting Director - Television

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Kingpin

1985, Casting Director - Film

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The Silent One

1984, Casting Director - Film

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Vigil

1984, Casting Director - Film

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Constance

1983, Casting Director - Film

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Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

1983, NZ Casting - Film

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Strata

1983, Casting Director - Film

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Battletruck

1982, As: Charlene - Film

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One of those Blighters

1982, Casting, Production Manager - Television

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt

1980, As: Vivien Thomas - Film

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Mortimer's Patch

1982, Actor - Television

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Kaleidoscope

1984, Director, Writer - Television