Bill Kerton has directing and writing credits on shows from Havoc and Newsboy to Jim Hickey’s A Flying Visit, but it’s his voice that will be most recognisable to punters. Duncan Greive of The Spinoff called him a "narrating genius" for his observational documentary voice-overs. Kerton's distinctive drawl and humour have graced everything from bogans to Neighbours at War, the show he also directed for four seasons.
Although her CV is largely Australian, Michala Banas was born in Wellington. The daughter of Kiwi screenwriter John Banas appeared in her first commercial at one and a half; as a teen she got a breakthrough role in Australian-NZ TV series Mirror Mirror. She went on to success in Australian staples McLeod’s Daughters and Neighbours, then won new fans as burping bogan Amber Wheeler, on acclaimed sitcom Upper Middle Bogan.
Robyn Malcolm is one of New Zealand television’s best-loved actors. An accomplished stage performer before moving into screen roles, she is best known for six seasons as Outrageous Fortune matriarch Cheryl West. Malcolm has appeared in television (Shortland Street, Agent Anna, Upper Middle Bogan), movies (The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell) and documentaries (Our Lost War).
Chris Stapp (with partner in crime Matt Heath) gained attention with Back of the Y Masterpiece Television. The show's late night TV mayhem spawned band Deja Voodoo, and sold to MTV UK. Stapp’s stuntman persona Randy Campbell later featured in 2007 feature The Devil Dared Me To, which he also directed. Stapp's other credits include directing C4 series Bogan Family Films, and being a mentor on children's hit Let's Get Inventin'.
Grant Lahood made his name with a trio of short films featuring speedy snails, troublesome mice and squabbling animal activists. After taking The Singing Trophy and Lemming Aid to success at the Cannes Film Festival, Lahood has gone on to direct documentaries, commercials and two feature films — one of which (Kombi Nation) features an all human cast.
Jeremy Dillon began as an actor, did time as a children's show host and found his true calling as the creator of the friendly monsters seen on shows like The Moe Show and Pop-Up. In 2010 he set up production company Pop-Up Workshop, with friend Zane Holmes.
The founding member of Oscar-winning special effects house Weta Digital, George Port laboured for seven months solo on the digital effects for Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures. He went on to found Auckland effects company PRPVFX, which has supplied special effects for Xena: Warrior Princess, Rain of the Children and Green Lantern.
Tim White began his career producing fellow student Vincent Ward’s A State of Siege, and later joined him on the epic Map of the Human Heart. With a penchant for working with emerging talent, he has produced a run of films on both sides of the Tasman. His long slate — from Heath Ledger breakthrough Two Hands, to the acclaimed Out of the Blue — has established White as a leading Australasian producer.
Zoe McIntosh first won attention for a documentary on mail order brides, made while she studying at Ilam Art School in Christchurch. In 2010 Lost in Wonderland, her documentary about idiosyncratic barrister Rob Moodie, won the Qantas award for Best Popular Documentary. Currently developing a feature and directing commercials, McIntosh has also helmed award-winning gangster-on-holiday short Day Trip and bogan buddy romp The Deadly Ponies Gang.
After studying performing arts at Unitec, Toni Potter got busy in a run of stage plays. Guest parts on TV soon led to an ongoing role on police drama Interrogation (2005), before four years on Shortland Street. Potter played memorably straight-talking nurse Alice Piper: "a bit bogan, a bit loud-mouth." 2008 saw a Qantas nomination, after her character endured abduction by the Ferndale Strangler, and unexpected pregnancy.