SPADA Conference Speakers

Good Morning & Welcome to the 26th SPADA CONFERENCE!

Added to our fantastic speaker's line-up is Academy Award Winning Producer Barrie Osborne and Raqi Syed, a visual-effects artist known for her work on films such as AVATAR, THE AVENGERS; THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.  

 


Barrie Osborne

Producer

Academy Award-winning Producer Barrie Osborne (ONZM) is an internationally renowned US film-maker who moved to New Zealand while working on major film projects, and was part of the Oscar-winning team behind The Lord of the Rings, picking up two nominations and the 2004 Academy Award for Best Picture for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
New York born Barrie has dual citizenship, after falling in love with Aotearoa when he first visited back in the 1980s.  Si...

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Richard Fletcher

Producer / MD Libertine Pictures

Richard is Managing Director of Libertine Pictures, an independent film and television production company founded in 2013, and based in Auckland and Wellington.  He has produced, and executive produced a range of feature films, documentaries and TV series.  Richard is currently in production on a Netflix Original series and in post-production on the feature musical DAFFODILS.  He is also executive producing VAI, a feature film made up of eight 10-minute short films each wr...

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Annabelle Sheehan

CEO / New Zealand Film Commission

Prior to taking up her new role as CEO of the NZFC in January of this year, Sheehan was CEO of South Australia Film Commission (SAFC) since 2015.  Whilst there she introduced a suite of investment and grant programmes designed to develop filmmakers and attract production in the State while building ongoing capacity. She also committed to increase the presence of Aboriginal stories on screen and introduced a number of production initiatives to enable this, including an Aborig...

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Fiona Samuel

Writer / Director

Fiona Samuel, who was named an Arts Foundation Laureate in 2012, began as an actor and filled the downtime with some writing. Since then she has scripted, directed and acted in an impressive run of stories for television and film. With 2012 TV movie Bliss, she became the first and only woman to win Best Director for drama on New Zealand television.
 
Samuel was born in Scotland, though her parents were New Zealanders. The family relocated to Christchurch when she was six. I...

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Sharon Menzies

MD - Fulcrum Media Finance

Sharon Menzies is Managing Director of Fulcrum Media Finance, the leading provider of cashflow loans in Australasia.  Since establishing Fulcrum Media Finance with See-Saw Films, Sharon has assisted in providing finance to more than eighty projects in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  Sharon is also the Co-President of SPADA (together with Richard Fletcher).
Sharon has over 15 years experience in film and television financing in the United Kingdom and Australi...

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Desray Armstrong

Producer

Desray Armstrong is a producer with a diverse slate of credits. Since 2004, she has developed a wealth of physical production experience by working on numerous film and television productions as a freelance Production Coordinator, Location Coordinator, 2nd AD, Production Manager and Line Producer. Credits include: Mulan, Mortal Engines, Wellington Paranormal, A Wrinkle in Time, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Rehearsal, The Light Between Oceans, Z For Zachariah, Slow West, Wha...

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Jeremy Hall

Head of Digital Content & Strategy, Pukeko Pictures

Jeremy is an award-winning producer with over 25 years of experience in creating and executing global animated content across the USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.A technical pioneer, Jeremy began his industry career developing the first Academy Award-winning digital film compositing system at Computer Film Company that heralded the beginning of digital CGI effects. Jeremy has always been at the forefront of film tech...

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Mia Maramara

Filmmaker/Someday Storyteller

Mia is a Filipino-born filmmaker whose work has gone on to screen at both local and international festivals. She wrote and directed Foodie as part of the Someday Stories initiative and her web series pilot The Year of Yes was a finalist for the TVNZ New Blood web series competition this year. She loves to bring her unique perspective into her creative endeavours, mingling tales from her past with the realities of her present as a writer, director, and, more recently, producer...

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Roxane Gajadhar

Producer/Writer

Roxane has worked in the screen industry for two decades in senior roles across both factual and drama production and has directed interactive content for international exhibition. She was the Director for Special Projects at the NZ Film Commission and has recently completed an MA in scriptwriting from the IIML (Victoria University).

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Kathryn Burnett

Screenwriter

Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter and script development consultant who has worked in film and television for over 20 years. She is currently on the writing team for an HBO show that is in development and has a telefeature, TV series and two feature films in development - one of which is being produced by Tim White & Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Narnia). Variety article - http://bit.ly/2xUhpSv.Kathryn has significant television and film credits and earlier this year she...

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Angela Cudd

Filmmaker/Someday Storyteller

An up-and-coming Producer and Director, Angela Cudd (Ngati Pōrou) most recently produced and directed I Am Waru, a short-documentary celebrating Māori fathers, which was inspired by the award-winning feature film Waru. This story resonated on a grass-roots level, receiving great reach on digital platforms.This comes off the back of her earlier success producing the television series Pōtae Pai, a 100% Te Reo Māori, educational show, which aired on Māori Television to good...

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Andrew Hagen

Composer / Schtung Media

Andrew Hagen is an award-winning composer, sound designer and audio producer who began his musical career in New Zealand with the band Schtung.After a ten-year stint in Asia as a composer and co-owner of studios in Singapore and Hong Kong, he moved to Los Angeles, residing there for more than 20 years managing his own audio post production facility in Santa Monica.  He has written and produced music for multiple disciplines, including ballet, documentary and dramatic films,...

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Kyan Krumdieck

Filmmaker/Someday Storyteller

Kyan is a Denver born, Christchurch-raised Queer filmmaker. He has written and directed over a dozen films, which are a blend of character comedy and drama that often tackle some aspect of sexuality.This year, Kyan made his first funded film Repugnant through the Someday Stories initiative. The film stars Donogh Rees as a woman attempting to "cure" a pug of his homosexuality. The film also features Hamish Parkinson and Simon Prast.His short The Grind, about Christchurch gay m...

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Kerry Warkia

Producer/Co-Founder BSAG Productions

Kerry Warkia is a producer who has been at the forefront of some of New Zealand’s most innovative content for both television and web. Passionate about telling Māori and Pasifika stories she is now about to produce her second feature film Vai set in 7 Pacific island countries. Most recently Kerry has produced a groundbreaking feature film Waru made up of 8 vignettes - each a 10 minute single shot - made in collaboration with 9 wāhine (female) Māori film-makers.  In 20...

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Miryam Jacobi

Filmmaker/Someday Storyteller

Miryam Jacobi is an actor, writer and director. Since graduating Toi Whakaari in 2015, she’s been working in film both as a performer and behind the scenes.  Miryam’s debut short film, Do You Like Me Like This? premiered at Show Me Shorts Film Festival is currently streaming on TVNZ On Demand.  Most recently Miryam directed the short documentary, Disorder, which has been released to overwhelming acclaim as part of Someday Stories 2018.  She is also the co-founder of...

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Cliff Curtis

Actor / Producer

Cliff Curtis's (Ngāti Haiti, Ngāti Rongomai) credits include The Meg, Fear the Walking Dead, Dark Horse, Whale Rider and Training Day, as well as his upcoming role as Tonowari in all four Avatar films, to be rolled out after 2020.  Curtis also recently executive produced the documentary of his mentor Merata Mita - Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (Chelsea Winstanley - Producer, Heperi Mita - Director).  In 1988 Merata was the first Māori woman to write...

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James Nokise

SPADA Conference MC / Comedian

The wildly talented comedian, actor, playwright James Nokise will once again infuse the SPADA Conference with his comedic wit and charm, as well as wrangle this year's South Pacific Pictures' BIG PITCH finalists - not to mention bring some pizazz to the SPADA Screen Industry Awards.James is a 2013 Fred Dagg Comedy Award Nominee and two-time Billy T Comedy Award Nominee, Welsh / Samoan comedian, James Nokise, has carved out a reputation in New Zealand going after everything f...

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Irene Gardiner

Producer

Irene Gardiner began her career as a journalist at Wellington's Dominion newspaper. In 1984, she became a publicist at the TVNZ publicity department at Avalon. An interest in television production developed from there, and in 1986 she became a trainee producer/director, working in Avalon's music unit on such shows as Ready to Roll, RTR New Releases, Heartbeat City, True Colours and Radio with Pictures. It was only later that she realised how lucky she'd been to get in...

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Karyn Rachtman

Founder & CEO - Mind Your Music

Karyn Rachtman is an entertainment industry entrepreneur best known as an acclaimed music supervisor.  Rachtman is also an award-winning film producer and creator of HIP KID HOP, a New York Times best-selling line of “read-and-rap-along” children’s books. Throughout her career, Karyn collaborated with filmmakers such as Baz Luhrmann, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Warren Beatty on some of the most beloved soundtracks of all time, earning her a reputation...

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Mickey Petralia

Producer

Mickey Petralia is a Grammy-winning producer best known in New Zealand for his work with The Flight of the Conchords in which he produces and mixes all of the music for the screen and record. In addition, he produced Bret MacKenzie’s Academy Award-winning song “Man or A Muppet” as well as all the music for both the films: The Muppets and The Muppets Most Wanted. He has produced and/or mixed for artists such as Beck, Peaches, Linkin Park and Rage Against The Machine...

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David Jacobs

DJ Stories/EP - Someday Stories 17/18

David has been making films since the 1980s as executive producer, producer, director, writer and editor. His documentaries have been broadcast in over a hundred countries.
As Project Director of The Outlook for Someday and Executive Producer of Someday Stories (series 1 and 2), he supported over a thousand short films by young and emerging film-makers in New Zealand.
Before David came to live in New Zealand in 1992 he was Programme Executive of the international Television T...

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Amanda Millar

Reporter / Director / Producer

Amanda Millar has over 30 years of journalism experience, much of it involving current affairs programmes. En route she has won almost 20 awards, including Qantas Media Awards for Best Current Affairs Reporter three times and Best Interviewer for seven years out of eight.In 2018 Amanda’s first feature film, Celia debuted at the NZ International Film Festival. Amanda directed and produced  the film  about  author, speaker and social advocate, Celia Lashlie. It took three...

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Dr Ruth Harley

Business Coach/Consultant, Ruth E. Harley & Associates

Ruth Harley has 25 years experience in CEO and senior leadership roles in media, entertainment and digital storytelling. She has held numerous governance positions in government, not-for-profit and commercial organizations. She is an experienced business coach and mentor and has undertaken various successful consulting assignments in strategy and organisational development in the public sector.

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Sam Jennings

Causeway Films

CAUSEWAY FILMS is a Sydney-based production company focused on the development and production of one-of-a-kind screen content that delivers emotional impact and attracts an international audience. Causeway’s first feature film, award-winning psychological thriller THE BABADOOK by writer/director Jennifer Kent and starring Essie Davis (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, GAME OF THRONES), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 to great critical acclaim and phenomenal...

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Stephen Gallagher

Composer / Music Editor

Stephen Gallagher is an award winning composer and music editor. He works in film, television and other media and is currently based at Park Road Post Production in, Wellington, New Zealand.  He wrote the song ‘Blunt the Knives’ for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. He has composed music for every size of production, from Hollywood blockbusters through to independent documentaries and online web series, from all around the world. He has wor...

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Simon Morris

Producer / Reviewer / Musician

Film reviewer Simon Morris has presented his popular radio show At the Movies on Radio New Zealand since 2001. A former director of TV’s Radio with Pictures and script writer for Close to Home and Shortland Street, Simon also has a history in the music world, as a performer, composer and lyricist.  He is mostly recognised as a member of musical groups Original Sin, Tamburlaine, The Heartbreakers and the Tone Rangers. Along with reviewing movies Simon currently produces...

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Libby Hakaraia

Writer/Producer/Festival Director

Of Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Te Atiawa, and Ngāti Toa Rangatira descent, Libby Hakaraia started in radio journalism in NZ before spending 7 years with the ABC in Sydney. On her return home Libby co hosted the Māori magazine programme WHENUA! on National Radio.  Libby  partnered with Rhonda Kite to form Kiwa Productions and together they made more than a dozen documentaries and series for TV1, TV3 and Māori Television. Libby set up Blue Bach Productions Ltd in 2003 an...

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Erica Glynn

Writer / Director

Erica Glynn is a Drama Directing graduate of AFTRS in Sydney, Erica cut her teeth working for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs. Erica’s award-winning short film My Bed, Your Bed was an international success. She’s also made many documentaries including A Walk With Words with Romaine Morton and Ngangkari about traditional healers of the Central Desert Region. Erica was the Head of the Indigenous Department of Screen Australia fr...

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Raqi Syed

VFX Artist / Writer

Raqi Syed began her career in feature animation as a Lighting Artist for Disney Feature Animation on films such as Meet the Robinsonsand Tangled. She then went on to work as a Senior Technical Director with Weta Digital on Avatar, The Planet of the Apes films, and The Hobbit Trilogy. A full list of her film credits can be found at IMDB.
In 2016 The Los Angeles Times pegged Raqi for its list of 100 Industry professionals who can help fix Hollywood’s Diversity Probl...

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