The films of Jim Marbrook include feature-length documentaries on speed chess maestros (2003 award-winner Dark Horse), psychiatric hospitals (Mental Notes) and environmental issues in New Caledonia (Cap Bocage). Marbrook also lectures in screen and television at Auckland University of Technology.

(Dark Horse) showed his sensitive but entirely unsentimental touch with this material and he does a great job here, letting his characters tell the stories and refreshing the talking-head format with visits to the abandoned and sometimes skeletal ruins of the places they once lived. Peter Calder, in a June 2012 NZ Herald review of Mental Notes

The Dark Horse

2014, Co-Producer - Film

The Dark Horse is the story of a Māori ex-speed chess champ who must “overcome prejudice and violence in the battle to save his struggling chess club, his family and ultimately, himself”. Genesis Potini has a bi-polar disorder; his nephew Mana (Boy’s James Rolleston) faces being pressed into a gang. A near unrecognisable Cliff Curtis won international acclaim as Potini. James Napier Robertson's acclaimed second feature was picked to opened the 2014 Auckland and Wellington Film Festival, and scored six Moa awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actor.

Cap Bocage

2014, Camera, Editor, Producer, Director - Film

Mental Notes

2012, Producer, Director, Editor, Camera - Film

Ko Whanganui Te Awa

2007, Director - Film

A Town Like Alice (documentary)

2006, Editor, Director

Inside Out: Awa Hikoi

2005, Director

The Rules of Dogs and Men

2005, Director, Writer - Film

Sons for the Road

2004, Director, Camera - Television

Auckland's Massive Company began in 1998 as a youth theatre group, committed to developing multicultural talent. Sons for the Road records a big moment in their evolution: performing at London's Royal Court Theatre, whose long history includes launching another piece of cross-cultural fertilisation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Their play is The Sons of Charlie Paora, a tale of rugby players and troubled male identity developed by Massive and UK writer Lennie James (who would later join the cast of hit The Walking Dead). The Independent called the play "wonderfully engaging".

Inside Out: Dark Horse

2003, Camera, Editor, Director

Dark Horse (documentary)

2003, Camera, Editor, Producer, Director - Film

Mercury Lane

2003, Director - Television

Produced by Greenstone Pictures, Mercury Lane was a story-driven arts show that screened late on Sunday nights on TV One, from 2001 until 2003. Each hour-long episode of this 'front-person free' show included a cluster of short documentaries covering a wide range of subjects including poetry, visual art, music and performance. 


1999, Producer, Writer, Director - Short Film


1994, Director, Producer, Writer - Short Film

Little Jams

1992, Director, Writer - Short Film