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Michael Bennett

Director, Writer [Te Arawa]

Starring one cow and two elderly guitarists, Michael Bennett's first short film Cow was invited to screen at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Since then he has written and/or directed a wide range of projects, from children's television (Kaitangata Twitch) to award-winning shows about Māori architecture (Whare Māori). His feature film work includes ensemble feature Matariki, and the script for Cliff Curtis comedy Jubilee

In my head, writing and directing are two words for the same thing. As a writer every scene I work on plays as a movie projected inside my head. As a director I love the power of the image, but the most beautiful and perfect image is just pretty candyfloss if it’s not serving the story and the development of the characters. Michael Bennett in an interview with the New Zealand Writers Guild, November 2010

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Interview

Michael Bennett: On writing, directing and cow whispering...

Interview, 2011

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Te Araroa: Tales from the Trails - First Episode

2015, Director - Television

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Happy Hour - First Episode

2014, Head Writer - Television

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Ross & Beth

2014, Executive Producer - Short Film

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The Confessions of Prisoner T

2013, Writer, Director, Producer - Television

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The Factory

2013, Writer, Associate Producer - Web

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The Factory - Series

2013, Devisor, Writer, Associate Producer - Web

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Night Shift

2012, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Whare Māori - Kainga/The Village (First Episode)

2011, Director, Writer - Television

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Whare Māori - The Wharenui (Episode Two)

2011, Director - Television

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Matariki

2010, Writer, Director - Film

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Kaitangata Twitch

2010, Writer - Television

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Taonga

2005, Director - Television

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Maddigan's Quest

2005, Writer - Television

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Outrageous Fortune

2005 - 2010, Writer, Director - Television

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Taonga: Til Death Do Us Part

2005, Director, Script Editor - Television

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The Pretender

2005 - 2008, Director - Television

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Egg and Bomb

2004, Writer - Short Film

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Gladiator: the Norm Hewitt story

2004, Director - Television

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Kerosene Creek

2004, Director, Writer - Short Film

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Good Hands - Lima Lelei - First Episode

2003, Script Editor - Television

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P.E.T. Detectives

2003 - 2005, Creator, Writer, Associate Producer - Television

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Good Hands - Lima Lelei

2003, Script Editor - Television

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P.E.T. Detectives - First Episode

2003, Creator, Writer, Associate Producer - Television

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Mataku - The Fishing Trip (Te Hi Ika)

2002, Script Editor - Television

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Mataku

2001 - 2005, Writer, Director - Television

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Cow

2001, Writer, Director - Short Film

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Mercy Peak

2001 - 2003, Director - Television

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Fish Skin Suit

2000, Script Editor - Television

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Jubilee

2000, Writer - Film

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Street Legal

2000 - 2005, Writer - Television

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Cover Story

1995 - 1996, Writer - Television

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Skitz

1993, Writer - Television