Director Gwen Isaac intended to fly to Japan to make a film about a Kiwi mixed martial arts fighter in early 2020 — then Covid-19 hit. Instead, she shot a battle of another kind — scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles trying to convince Kiwis the country should be locked down to keep out Covid-19. Isaac interviewed the pink-haired microbiologist in late March 2020 for this short Loading Docs documentary. Wiles is clearly stressed that the virus could run rampant, but cries with happiness when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a full lockdown. The five week lockdown initially kept NZ Covid-19 free for around 100 days.
I'm proud of her for doing all this stuff. It can be a bit annoying with calls and everything, at every minute of the day, but I guess she has to so it's fine.– Siouxsie Wiles' teenage daughter Eve on her mother's heavy workload
Made with funding from NZ On Air, alongside the NZ Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho
Interview with director Gwen Isaac, The Spinoff, September 2020
Dr Siouxsie Wiles takes top prize at the 2020 Women of Influence Awards, Sunday Star-Times, November 2020