Melanie Rodriga (née Read)

Director, Editor

Australian-raised Melanie Rodriga (née Read) moved to New Zealand in 1977, and worked as an editor. After adapting Keri Hulme story Hooks and Feelers, she wrote and directed feminist thriller Trial Run in 1983. In 1988 Rodriga was a best director finalist for pioneering TV drama The Marching Girls. Rodriga now lectures in film at Perth’s Murdoch University and continues to make and develop films.

A lot of people would like to think [women’s films] can conveniently be put into one category, which is radical and inaccessible. But even ‘feminist’ films have a vast range. Melanie Rodriga, in a 1985 interview with Roger Horrocks