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Dorthe Scheffmann

Filmmaker, Teacher

Dorthe Scheffmann’s varied behind the scenes roles have helped ensure that many classic Kiwi movies managed to finish their shoots, without falling apart in the process. In 1996 she competed at the Cannes Film Festival with The Beach, the first short film she directed. Her first feature was released in 2018: ensemble drama Vermilion, starring Jennifer Ward-Lealand. 

...watching Vincent Ward's Vigil took me to the back seat of my fathers Holden, hurtling through the Waikato mist on the way to some sick cow. In Alun Bollinger's cinematography I found my own New Zealand, the way the light falls, its form, its uncompromising nature. Dorthe Scheffmann