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Robyn Grace


When Robyn Grace became a solo mother of four, she decided to work in film to "make me happy". In 2000 she began her screen career, as an assistant director on film sets. Grace went on to become a first assistant director on a long line of movies, and an occasional director (te reo soap Kōrero Mai, sci-fi show The Cul de Sac). In 2017 she wrote and directed a short film adapted from Marian Keyes' story A Woman's Right to Shoes. It was invited to almost 40 festivals. In 2020 Grace followed it with award-winning short Oranges and Lemons, and directed an episode for a Netflix adaptation of post-apocalyptic comic Sweet Tooth.

Mum’s death was shocking ... Something like that makes you realise that life is so short and if there’s something you want to do you have to do it, before it’s too late. I want to make feature films. I’m not after going to Hollywood or being famous, I just want to tell interesting stories. Robyn Grace on her mother's death in 2017, The Helensville Community News, 29 May 2019