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Dianne Taylor


Dianne Taylor's travels on the Asia Overland trail would inspire some of her later scripts, including 2017 Indian-Kiwi co-production Beyond the Known World. This movie about a divorced couple searching India for their missing daughter features Sia Trokenheim, Australian David Wenham, and France's Emmanuelle Béart. Taylor also co-wrote cross-cultural drama Apron Strings, which was nominated for a 2009 Qantas scriptwriting award, and spent four years chairing the board of Kiwi screenwriting organisation Script to Screen.

Seeing the final scenes being shot in Ladakh with a tribe of Changpa tribespeople, 50 horses, and snow falling, I did let myself have a ‘Holy shit, we actually did it’ moment. You’ve got to savour those as a writer, because you’re mostly working alone with just the characters in your head for company. Dianne Taylor, on making feature film Beyond the Known World