As writer and presenter of The World Around Us, and producer of Looking at New Zealand, Conon Fraser was an early television celebrity. He joined the National Film Unit in 1969 and continued to make films documenting his adopted country’s landscape and history, and New Zealanders’ way of life. Fraser died on 17 June 2014, aged 84.
Producer Julia Parnell’s CV boasts a diverse roll of credits — from comedy (Wayne Anderson: Singer of Songs) to sport (Wilbur: The King in the Ring), and music (The Chills - The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps) to te ao Māori (Restoring Hope). Parnell’s Notable Pictures has produced a run of award-winning shorts (Dive, Friday Tigers), and long-running online mini-documentary series Loading Docs.