Piki brings together a group of fantastic creatives:
Oscar Nominated Taika Waititi regularly premieres at Sundance, Berlin and SXSW. He has forged a stellar career not only as a creative, but also as an entrepreneur. His latest film THOR: RAGNAROK became the world's #1 film two weeks in a row. Previously HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE released theatrically in the US and UK after smashing all box office records in NZ and Australia. (and beating his previous #1 record holding film BOY). Previous hit, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was voted #1 comedy in 2015 on Rotten Tomatoes. Co-directed with Jemaine Clement, it follows a long working relationship which included writing and directing on FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS and EAGLE V SHARK. He is currently directing Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK.
Madeleine Sami created successful TV comedy SUPER CITY. She won Best Actress and the series Best Comedy Script in New Zealand for its first season. The characters have been piloted in America for ABC. She is also one of NZ’s top character actresses and has just directed the second season of FUNNY GIRLS. She is writer, director and star of THE BREAKER UPPERERS.
Jackie van Beek has made seven award-winning short films and one feature that have played at numerous festivals including Berlin, London, Palm Springs and MIFF. As an actor she is best known for her role in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and 800 WORDS. She is writer, director and star of THE BREAKER UPPERERS.
Jessica Hansell is a writer, musician and artist. With a long history in comics and zines, Hansell wrote two seasons of cartoon AROHA BRIDGE, a series about musical Māori twins in the suburbs which sold to Māori TV, SBS and Imaginative. Under the name Coco Solid she has toured internationally, charted on student radio and collaborated with artists and labels from all over the world. Hansell has an MA in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters.
Tanu Gago is a new media artist whose practice involves film, photography, moving image and graphic design. Informed by a deep Pasifika cultural and social political motivation, Gago’s practice delivers innovative approaches to narrative storytelling within an international fine arts context. His LGBT photographic series Avanoa O Tama was awarded the 2014 Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission. Tanu is the director on our FAFSWAG INTERACTIVE project.
Curtis Vowell made his directing debut in 2014 with movie FANTAIL, starring (and written by) his partner Sophie Henderson. The tale of a young petrol station worker who identifies as Māori was acclaimed as fresh, "funny and dark and sad" (The Listener). The film won audience award at the Melbourne Film Festival.
Sophie Henderson is a New Zealand screenwriter and actor. Her first screenplay, FANTAIL in which she also starred was nominated for 8 NZ Film Awards including best actress and best screenplay and had its international premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival. In 2015 Sophie worked in the script department for the Endemol Shine miniseries THE BEAUTIFUL LIE and developed a new Australian drama LUCKY CHARMING. Sophie was nominated for the WIFT Woman to Watch award in 2016.
Victor Rodger has worked across theatre, television and film in his career. He has written to Shortland Street for over 10 years, on TV3 comedy Super City and most recently contributing to NZFC film script, BORN TO DANCE. Hit comedy show BLACK FAGGOT, toured internationally to Australia and Edinburgh. Victor studied film writing at the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam.