Hugh Macdonald

Director, Producer

Hugh Macdonald began his long, award-studded career at the National Film Unit, where at age 25 he directed ambitious three-screen spectacular This is New Zealand (1970). It was seen by 400,000 New Zealanders. In the 1980s he produced Oscar-nominated short The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil and set up his own company, continuing a busy diet of train documentaries, commercial films and animation. 

That was one of the great things about working at the National Film Unit in the 60s — we could do what we wanted, as long as it wasn't offensive to whichever adminstration was in power at the time. We were frequently allowed to play with ideas we had. That was an incredible creative freedom. Hugh Macdonald

Interview

Hugh Macdonald: Expos, epics and animated amphibians...

Interview, 2015

No Ordinary Sheila

2017, Director, Producer, Camera - Film

The Orchard

1995, Producer - Short Film

Rimutaka Incline

1991, Producer - Film

The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil

1986, Producer - Short Film

Right Next Door

1985, Director - Short Film

Logger Rhythms

1984, Director - Short Film

War Years

1983, Producer - Film

Kids and Other People

1982, Director - Short Film

Primeval Survivors

1981, Producer - Short Film

The Domino

1981, Producer - Short Film

Studio Tour

1981, Subject - Short Film

Artists Prepare

1980, Producer - Short Film

Artists Prepare: Chris Cree Brown

1980, Producer - Short Film

Artists Prepare: Sam Hunt and Gary McCormick

1980, Producer - Short Film

The Governor

1977, Director - Television

Somebody Else's Horizon

1976, Director, Writer, Editor - Short Film

Freshwater Dive

1975, Writer, Director, Editor - Short Film

There is a Place

1975, Director, Writer, Editor - Short Film

Environment 1990

1972, Director, Editor - Short Film

A Great Day to Go

1971, Director, Writer - Short Film

This is Expo

1971, Director, Writer, Editor - Short Film

The Line

1970, Writer - Short Film

The Dairy Industry

1970, Narration writer - Short Film

This is New Zealand

1970, Director, Writer, Editor - Short Film

Pictorial Parade No. 195 - After Ninety Years

1967, Director, Writer, Editor - Short Film

This Auckland

1967, Director, Writer - Short Film

Pictorial Parade No. 164 - Miss World in NZ

1965, Writer, Editor - Short Film

Pictorial Parade No. 161 - Exercise Powderhorn

1965, Narration Script, Editor - Short Film