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Stephen Downes


Stephen Downes had never shot a film before meeting director Robert Sarkies in an Otago University cafe; he wound up framing a trio of Sarkies’ short films, plus his breakout feature Scarfies. With a zoology degree under his belt, Downes has also forged a prolific career as an international wildlife filmmaker, from capturing kaka parrots in his lens to "chasing wild ass" in India. He is co-founder of 5 to 9 productions.

The mainstay of my career has been animals. I always wanted to be a wildlife filmmaker and along the way drama happened. And I love doing drama. Stephen Downes, in the Scarfies press kit