Shane Loader has credits as editor, cameraman, producer, and writer/director (including Clermont-Ferrand selected short The Terrorist). Since 2008, alongside partner Andrea Bosshard, he has begun making and distributing feature films through filmmaking initiative Torchlight Films. The pair's third feature The Great Maiden's Blush won acclaim when it was released in 2016. 

We shot through windows, from behind doors, around corners, to create a sense that we the audience are peeping into the lives of the characters in an almost documentary style. Shane Loader, on making Hook, Line and Sinker


2017, Co-Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer - Film

This 2017 documentary is a personal portrait of Swiss-Kiwi goldsmith Kobi Bosshard. Regarded as a pioneer of contemporary New Zealand jewellery making, 78-year-old Kobi is the father of the film's co-director, Andrea Bosshard. Bosshard and Shane Loader (the duo behind award-winning movie The Great Maiden’s Blush) combine images of Kobi living and creating, with archival footage. As Kobi says, "the work we do comes out of the life we live, so we have to have a life to start with." Kobi premiered at the Wellington edition of the 2017 NZ International Film Festival.

The Great Maiden's Blush

2015, Co-Director, Co-Writer - Film

The Great Maiden's Blush hinges on two people from very different backgrounds: a girl-racer in prison for manslaughter (Hope and Wire's Miriama McDowell), who plans to adopt out her baby, and a failed classical pianist (Renee Lyons) whose own baby is due for a risky operation. Each must confront their own secrets in order to move forward. Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader's acclaimed third movie continues an interest in character-rich stories where "big themes play out in modest circumstances". It won awards for McDowell and Best Self-Funded Film at the 2017 NZ Film Awards.

Hot Air

2014, Camera - Film

Moa-nominated for Best Documentary, this full-length title chronicles two decades of political football between New Zealanders hoping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and followers of the business as usual approach. Co-directing with his longtime editor Abi King-Jones, Alister Barry (The Hollow Men) continues his patented approach of melding new interviews with raids on the news archives. Critic Graeme Tuckett argued that the film makes “a compelling case that although the science was settled by 1990, we’ve allowed politics and corporations to mute our response to a very real crisis”.

Hook, Line and Sinker

2011, Co-Producer , Co-Writer, Co-Director - Film

PJ (Rangimoana Taylor) has been driving trucks for 35 years. But one day after a medical test, he is told to get off the road. PJ’s worries over becoming instantly useless are exacerbated when his partner Ronnie and Ronnie’s ambitious sister go into business. A tale of love, family, and ordinary people struggling to process the type of news none of us ever needs to hear, Hook, Line and Sinker is the second, semi-improvised feature from longtime collaborators Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader. The Dominion Post called the result “likeable, admirable and hugely enjoyable”.

Sweet at Heart

2010, Camera, Editor - Short Film


2009, Director, Editor - Short Film

The Bellringer

2009, Director, Writer, Editor - Short Film


2009, Camera, Editor - Short Film

Traci with an 'i'

2009, Camera, Editor - Short Film

A Place to Stay

2009, Editor, Camera - Short Film

All Men Are Bastards

2008, Director, Editor, Writer - Short Film

Taking the Waewae Express

2008, Editor, Co-Director, Co-Producer - Film

The Hollow Men

2008, Camera, Sound - Film

This Alister Barry-directed documentary is about the National Party and the 2005 election; it was made in conjunction with Nicky Hager’s book written from leaked party e-mails. Barry follows novice MP, and then leader, Don Brash through a hyper-charged era in NZ politics as National attempts to reconcile a political agenda with electability, and to unseat Helen Clark’s Labour government. Speechwriters, advertising agencies, pollsters and party donors all feature, as do Brash’s infamous Orewa speeches, Exclusive Brethren “attack” pamphlets and Iwi/Kiwi billboards.

Just a Bit of Fun

2007, Director, Editor, Writer - Short Film


2007, Sound, Editor - Short Film

How to Cheat and Influence People

2006, Director, Editor, Writer - Short Film

Waves: The Diaries of Chinese International Students

2006, Editor - Film

A Civilised Society

2006, Camera, Editor - Film

This documentary looks at the new right ideology that transformed public education in the 80s and 90s and the schism it caused with teachers. Interviews with parents, teachers and unionists are cut together with archive footage of treasury officials and politicians advocating that schools be run as businesses. There are vexed board of trustees' meetings, an infamous deal between Avondale College and Pepsi, and teachers take their opposition from the classroom to the streets. The film is the third in Alister Barry's series critical of neo-liberal reform in NZ.

Student Flatters

2005, Editor - Short Film

Tigers and Pussycats

2005, Director, Editor, Writer - Short Film

Watch Your Step

2005, Editor, Sound - Short Film


2005, Sound - Film

Sedition - The Suppression of Dissent in World War II New Zealand chronicles the experiences of Kiwi pacifists during wartime. New laws affecting meetings, mail and media coverage meant that talking about pacifism could result in arrest, and imprisonment. By June 1940, holding more than one copy of a 'subversive' magazine could mean nine months hard labour. Ironically many of the MPs backing the laws had earlier been imprisoned for their anti-war beliefs; while Christian Pacifist Society leader Ormond Burton was twice decorated for bravery during World War I.  

The Ordinary Lives of Angels

2004, Editor, Sound - Short Film

Txt Wif Strangers

2004, Writer, Director, Editor - Short Film

The Question

2003, Director, Co-Writer, Editor - Short Film

In or Out

2002, Director, Editor, Writer - Short Film

The Other Face of the Moon

2002, Camera, Editor - Short Film

In a Land of Plenty

2002, Editor, Camera - Film

The tagline runs: "The story of unemployment in New Zealand" and In A Land of Plenty is an exploration of just that; it takes as its starting point the consensus from The Depression onwards that Godzone economic policy should focus on achieving full employment, and explores how this was radically shifted by the 1984 Labour government. Director Alister Barry's perspective is clear, as he trains a humanist lens on ‘Rogernomics' to argue for the policy's negative effects on society, "as a new poverty-stricken underclass developed".

Heads and Tails

2001, Director, Editor, Co-Writer - Short Film

The Intruder

1999, Editor, Co-Producer - Film

Backroom Troubles

1997, Editor, Camera, Co-Producer, Co-Director - Film

Someone Else's Country

1996, Camera, Editor - Film

Someone Else’s Country looks critically at the radical economic changes implemented by the 1984 Labour Government - where privatisation of state assets was part of a wider agenda that sought to remake New Zealand as a model free market state. The trickle-down ‘Rogernomics’ rhetoric warned of no gain without pain, and here the theory is counterpointed by the social effects (redundant workers, Post Office closures). Made by Alister Barry in 1996 when the effects were raw, the film draws extensively on archive footage and interviews with key “witnesses to history”.

The Terrorist

1993, Director, Writer, Camera, Editor, Co-Producer - Film

Harriet's Dilemma

1989, Producer - Short Film

No Spy Waihopai

1988, Sound, Co-Producer - Short Film

In Our Own Time: Unemployed Respond to Unemployment

1988, Co-Director, Producer, Editor - Film

2001: A Bank Holiday

1985, Actor - Short Film