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Fiona McKenzie

Director, Writer

After writing for children's staples Play School and What Now, Fiona McKenzie became a journalist on CTV, then trained as a director at South Pacific Pictures. As a freelancer, she has directed comedy (Letter to Blanchy, Comedy Central) and non-fiction (Epitaph, The Way We Were). Based these days in Canterbury, McKenzie runs acting and dance school the Inclusive Performance Academy. She has made films for local museums and in 2009 directed feature drama The China Cup, a hit at local cinemas. McKenzie went on to write and direct short film Peninsula, which was set to premiere at New York's Tribeca Film Festival in 2021.

I love the team work — there’s nothing more collaborative than making film and television. But as a writer I also love the quiet percolating of ideas. I enjoy getting my head around the characters and what they’re about. Because whatever the genre, they drive the story. Fiona McKenzie