On a two week journey through India, Pio Terei discovers that if you want to relax, you should probably visit another country entirely. From Delhi to the deserts of Rajasthan, this full-length episode sees him trying every mode of transport — including tuk tuk, camel, elephant, motorcycle and train. Along the way he floats up the sacred Ganges River, visits the Taj Mahal, buys a Pashmina shawl for his wife, and eats a meal cooked in a dung oven, traditional-Rajasthani style. He also greets a great many locals, and remains upbeat despite the challenges of travelling in a very different culture.
Carl (Australian actor David Wenham) and Julie (Sia Trokenheim, from TV series Step Dave) are an estranged couple whose teen daughter Eve has gone missing in India. Their search takes them from Auckland to New Delhi and the Himalayas, where culture clashes and old wounds frustrate their efforts. The film was directed by Indian Pan Nalin (the acclaimed Samsara) and written by Kiwi Dianne Taylor. Known World was the first product of a New Zealand-India co-production treaty. The team of producers includes Kiwis Kristian Eek and Matthew Horrocks.
Directed by Owen Hughes, this piece for arts show Artsville explores the feeling of being caught between cultures. Painter Prakash Patel grew up as an Indian in conservative 1970s Wanganui. As a Kiwi he didn’t feel Indian yet he didn’t belong in Wanganui either - ‘What am I doing here?’ In 2006 he was awarded a Creative New Zealand Residency at the Sanskriti Campus in New Delhi. Out of Darkness, Out of India follows Prakash on his journey from discomfort to discovery.
Going with his father to see the battleship HMS Ramilles set Peter Couling on a course that led to the New Zealand Navy. Joining at 18, he soon found himself bound for Korea where his ship escorted convoys from Japan to Pusan. He was also on hand to see the battleship USS Missouri fire its guns in anger for the first time since World War II. That was in the early stages of the Incheon Landings. In this interview he also talks about going on parade in London for King George VI’s funeral. Back home he headed south with Sir Edmund Hillary and the Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
Made for roughly $60,000, the debut feature from Cristobel Araus Lobos was award-winner The Waiting Place, a tale of two escaped convicts trapped in an abandoned psychiatric hospital. Inbetween a prolific diet of short films, many made for the 48 Hour film contest, the Chilean-New Zealander has since made culture shock comedy Curry Munchers in Auckland and New Delhi, and hardboiled, Southern-set thriller Netherwood.
Taranaki-born Eric Young wrote the first of many articles and columns on sport in the 1980s, for The Auckland Star. Since moving to television for TV3's 1989 launch, he has co-presented TVNZ news show Tonight, reported for ESPN in Singapore, and since 2006 presented the news for Prime TV and Sky. In 2008 he won three awards, including Sportswriter of the Year; he hosted Prime's coverage of the 2012 Olympics.
Long-running travel series Intrepid Journeys took Kiwi celebrities (from All Blacks to music legends to ex-Prime Ministers) from the comfort of home to less-travelled paths in varied countries and cultures. The Jam TV series debuted in 2003 on TV One. With its authenticity and fresh, genre-changing take on a travel show (focusing on personal experience rather than objectivity), Intrepid Journeys was a landmark in local factual television. It managed to achieve the rare mix of high ratings and critical acclaim.
New Zealand roller figure skating champion Michelle Pickles joined TV One as a reporter in 1998, before moving to TV3 in late 2002. There she continued to work as a sports reporter, presenter and producer. During her tenure with the station she reported on numerous international events, including two Summer Olympic Games and the 2014 Winter Olympics, plus Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Glasgow and Delhi, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In January 2017 Pickles announced she would be leaving TV3 to become Media Personnel Manager for racing and betting organisation the New Zealand Racing Board.
Greg Stitt has worked extensively as a filmmaker on both sides of the Tasman. Aside from many documentaries, he also directed the shorts Fastest Gun Down-Under and Just Me & Mario, the tale of a young man obsessed with singer Mario Lanza.