Simon Riera (pronounced Re-air-ah) fell in love with filmmaking while studying geology at Otago University. Since then his work as a cinematographer has included five features — spanning everything from Hopeless to Housebound — award-winning work on TV thriller The Cult, and an array of noteworthy short films.
Fine Arts graduate Petra Bagust first won screen fame in 1996, as one of the irreverent Ice TV trio on TV3. Since then she has shown her versatility by fronting everything from quiz shows and charity boxing, to awards ceremonies. The high-rating What's Really in Our Food? saw her nominated for a trio of Qantas Best Presenter awards. In December 2010 Bagust began a two year stint co-hosting TV One's Breakfast.
Since relocating from the United Kingdom, Peter Roberts has made his mark in New Zealand as an editor. Roberts found his editing niche at TVNZ, before a prolific freelance career saw him cutting a string of documentaries, shorts, and features — including award-winning drama The Dark Horse. In 2013 he became the first editor to be elected President of the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand.
Margot Francis has extensive experience as an editor, both in New Zealand and the United States. Television highlights include Outrageous Fortune and Saturday Night Live. She also worked on Bette Midler TV movie The Mondo Beyondo Show and Billy T: Te Movie. She won an Emmy Award for a documentary on Broadway musical Sarafina: Words of Freedom! In 2012 she was nominated twice in the same category of the NZ Television Awards; she won for Katherine Mansfield biopic Bliss. Later she was nominated for archive series Decades in Colour. Francis is married to US-born producer Steve Sachs.
Bruce Morrison's extensive career as director, producer and sometime scriptwriter has crossed the gamut: from innovative arts programming and pioneer music videos, to the long-running Heartland series — plus feature films variously involving fast cars, riotous teens and a glamour-struck Donogh Rees.
Actor/director Murray Keane played a 60s teen in TV's Peppermint Twist, multiple roles in sketch show Away Laughing, a soldier in Chunuk Bair, and a zombie victim in Braindead. In the 90s he moved into directing, with short films and episodes of Shortland Street. Keane has since helmed multiple episodes of Outrageous Fortune and The Almighty Johnsons, and co-created cross-cultural car drama Ride with the Devil. He was nominated at the 2006 NZ Screen Awards for police show Interrogation.