Simon Price grew up in Dunedin. Named most innovative graduate at Melbourne's VCA Film School, he worked in Australia for many years as a writer/director, editor and video artist before returning home to help edit King Kong. Price's feature editing credits have since included Blackspot, landmark Samoan drama The Orator, Cambodian-set fable Ruin, Pā Boys, and docos Last Men Standing and Antarctica: A Year On Ice.
Made for roughly $60,000, the debut feature from Cristobel Araus Lobos was 2001 award-winner The Waiting Place, a tale of two escaped convicts trapped in an abandoned psychiatric hospital. In-between a prolific diet of short films — many made for the 48 Hour film contest — the multitalented Chilean-New Zealander has gone on to direct two more features: culture shock comedy Curry Munchers (aka Vindaloo Empire) in Auckland and New Delhi, and Southern-set thriller Netherwood. He has also directed for hit show Let's Get Inventin', and on season one of web series comedy The Adventures of Suzy Boon.
In 2016 Andrew Munro found himself on top of the world — on-screen at least. He was starring as Everest mountaineer Edmund Hillary in Platinum-funded miniseries Hillary. After working sporadically in the TV and film industries in Wellington, Munro had moved to Auckland in 2005, to pursue an acting career. He went on to act in comedy show Hounds and web series Stand Up Girl, and played Dougie, best friend to All Black saviour Stephen Donald, in 2014 TV movie The Kick. In 2017 Munro was nominated for Best Actor at the NZ Television Awards for playing Hillary. The award was won by his Hillary co-star Dean O’Gorman. Image credit: photo by Dean O'Gorman