Former journalist Nevan Rowe made a high profile big screen acting debut as Gloria, the estranged wife of Sam Neill’s Smith in landmark feature Sleeping Dogs (1977). She also co-starred in 1980 kids movie Nutcase, as mad scientist Evil Eva. Rowe worked off-screen in casting and as a production manager, and in 1989 directed short film Gordon Bennett, starring Andy Anderson. She passed away in April 2016.
Rob Whitehouse began his producing career in style with The Scarecrow, the first Kiwi feature to win official invitation to the Cannes Film Festival. In tandem with late producing partner Lloyd Phillips, he brought Hollywood down under for Battletruck and big budget adventure Savage Islands, and made miniseries Heart of the High Country. Since then he has produced and financed films in the US, UK and beyond.
Roger Donaldson is notable for spearheading the New Zealand film renaissance with Sleeping Dogs (1977). He has been busy directing in Hollywood for much of the period since. Donaldson's first Kiwi story since acclaimed drama Smash Palace (1981) was Burt Munro biopic The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) — the most successful New Zealand film on home soil until the arrival of Taika Waititi's Boy in 2010.
Kiwi Mark Piper began his career as an actor, then joined emerging director Roger Donaldson — helping Donaldson run company Aardvark Films and assisting him on breakthrough New Zealand feature Sleeping Dogs (1977). Though Piper would later return home to direct episodes of Shortland Street and Mercy Peak, he has since worked largely in Australia, plus occasional work excursions to Vietnam. His extensive directorial CV includes many Australian TV staples, including early episodes of All Saints, Blue Heelers, and Home and Away. These days he is a tutor at Bryon Bay Film and Television School.