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Robyn Paterson

Director, Writer

Robyn Paterson won attention in 2012 for directing award-winning film Finding Mercy, in which she headed back to her Zimbabwe birthplace to find a best friend from childhood. Feature documentary In the Zone followed in 2018, which explored a man's efforts to transform educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth in Auckland and Chicago. Paterson has worked in numerous roles: from directing factual TV shows (Grand Designs, Attitude) to writing (The Simon Eliot Show, Facelift) and casting. She has also faced the camera as a Queer Nation presenter and occasional actor, and is a published author.

We carried tension with us throughout the journey, because you really don’t know in Zimbabwe where the threat is coming from. There’s a saying over there: “The spider you can’t see is worse than the spider you can see.” Robyn Paterson on filming documentary Finding Mercy in secret, The Listener, 6 December 2012