Kathleen Gallagher began writing plays after discovering how few women playwrights there were. Politicised by the kindness of (often poor) strangers met on travels overseas, she has gone on to write 15+ plays, poetry, and a novel. Gallagher has also directed a number of documentaries reflecting her interest in the environment, spirituality, and the peace movement. In 2009 she began her trilogy of Whisperer environmental films. In 2017 Gallagher and colleague Gaylene Barnes completed their Canterbury rivers film Seven Rivers Walking - Haere Mārire. It was invited to debut at the 2017 Christchurch Film Festival.
Geoff Murphy was a leading figure in the new wave of Kiwi filmmakers that emerged in the 1970s. His movie Goodbye Pork Pie became the first blockbuster of the local film renaissance. He completed an unsurpassed triple punch with Utu and sci-fi classic The Quiet Earth. Noted for his skill at action, knockabout comedy, and melding genres, Murphy spent a decade in Hollywood before returning home.