British-born, Kiwi-raised filmmaker Gwen Isaac specialises in observational documentaries. She’s directed reality series for ITV and the BBC, and won praise for her ITV documentary Old Dog, New Tricks. Her first feature documentary was Where There is Life (2017) following a Wellington family caring for their terminally ill mother. Her CV also includes Siouxsie and the Virus (2020), a short film about microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles.
At the start it was going to be about Margaret but it turned out to be more about her husband, Stephen, who emerges as the unlikely hero. The beauty of observational documentary is that you probably don't know what you've got until years after you've shot it. Director Gwen Isaac on her feature documentary Where There is Life, The NZ Herald, 24 October 2017