In 2011 producer Ruth Korver and her 48 Hour filmmaking team Traces Of Nut won the Make My Movie competition. Completed in just six months, their stalker comedy How to Meet Girls At A Distance won acclaim, and a distribution deal with Madman Films. Korver has a Master of Fine Arts, and produces documentaries for her Wellington company Useful Media, and others. Her CV includes web series The Secret Lives of Sex Workers, medieval short Judgment Tavern and (as line producer) the second season of offbeat series Colonial Combat. She also co-manages the 48 Hours film contest with Ant Timpson and Ness Patea.
It’s late 2013 and I’m having a beer with Dean Hewison, who I’ve worked with on several ambitious, low-budget projects. He tells me about an idea he has for a film. It’s a sort of dark Princess Bride where the opening shot is a young girl standing outside a medieval tavern, carrying her father’s living, severed head. Producer Ruth Korver on the genesis of short film Judgement Tavern, The Big Idea, 17 October 2016