The Film Bay of Plenty podcasts showcase and support all aspects of the screen industry, marketing our vibrant and culturally-rich region of Waiariki/Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa, to the world.

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Podcast list

Costume Designer - Hannah Woods

Hannah Woods, a distinguished Costume Designer, has left an indelible mark on the industry with her work on acclaimed films such as “30 Days of Night” (2007), “Guns Akimbo” (2019), and “The Warrior’s Way” (2010).
In this episode, we dive deep into the challenges and triumphs of working in the Costume Department, discussing the intricacies of creating costumes that not only enhance the visual appeal of a film but also contribute to the storytelling process. Learn about Hannah’s creative process, her sources of inspiration, and the collaborative efforts that go into crafting memorable characters.

Writer, Producer & Show Runner - Claire Varley

Claire is the creator of the Documentary Series “Stolen Lands ” a powerful five-episode series that uncovers the systemic seizure of indigenous lands by colonisers, governments, and corporations. Through compelling narratives and evidence, it illuminates the devastating consequences endured by indigenous communities, such as displacement, cultural erosion, and environmental degradation. The series aims to foster dialogue, understanding, and justice for those affected by land theft.

Director, Writer Gaffer Nicholas Riini

As a Director, Writer, and Gaffer, Nicholas wears many hats in the film industry, and his journey is nothing short of inspiring.
Nick shares his insights into the art of storytelling, offering a glimpse into his creative process as a writer and director. With a keen eye for detail, he discusses the intricacies of the role of a gaffer.
Tune in as Nicholas Riini takes us on a journey through the art and craft of filmmaking, revealing the dedication and creativity required to bring stories to life on the big screen.

DOP George Hennah

Join us in an illuminating conversation with the Director of Photography (DoP), George Hennah, who lives here in the Bay of Plenty. In this captivating episode, we delve into the mesmerizing world of cinematography, uncovering the secrets behind capturing visuals that truly captivate an audience and the intricate art of storytelling through the lens. Tune in for an enriching journey into the very essence of filmmaking with our local luminary, George Hennah.

Jade Kent and Elysia Gibb from Film Bay of Plenty

Meet the energetic duo at the helm of Film Bay of Plenty, your gateway to cinematic wonders in the Bay of Plenty region. Leading the charge together are Jade Kent, Film Office Executive, and Elysia Gibb, Marketing & Locations Manager. While they don’t produce films, they wholeheartedly support individuals striving to build their careers in the screen media industry. Jade and Elysia form an indomitable team, passionately dedicated to helping you transform your film dreams into captivating realities in the Bay of Plenty.

Paula Whetu Jones - Director/ Producer/Writer

Paula Whetu Jones is a trailblazer, innovator, and visionary whose relentless pursuit of excellence has propelled her to the forefront of her field.

 In this episode, she opens up about the obstacles she faced and the pivotal moments that shaped her into the resilient and tenacious leader she is today. From overcoming self-doubt to navigating the complexities of a male-dominated industry, Paula shares her triumphs, setbacks, and the valuable lessons she’s learned along the way

Filmmaking with Muru Director, Tearepa Kahi

Tearepa Kahi is a renowned filmmaker who has made his mark in the industry with his unique storytelling style and dedication to uplifting indigenous voices. Tearepa shares his journey to becoming a feature film director, with acclaimed films such as “Poi E: The Story of Our Song”, “Mt Zion”, and “Muru” to his name. In this episode we discuss the challenges and opportunities facing filmmakers in New Zealand, and the importance of telling diverse stories that represent the country’s rich cultural heritage. Tearepa offers valuable advice for aspiring filmmakers looking to make their mark in the industry.

Post production with Marie Silberstein and Kyle Awa

Marie Silberstein and Kyle Awa are the leading creatives for the See Them: Be Them workshop initiative. Aimed at 14 – 18 year olds it was designed to demystify the world of Post Production for our young people in Aotearoa.
In this episode we discuss the multiple roles in post production, job opportunities and how to start your career. 
We must break down the barriers for all our young people to enter creative roles if we intend on building inclusive and reflective filmmaking teams in the future.

A discussion with Chelsea Winstanley and Pietra Brettkelly

Accomplished Oscar nominated filmmakers, Chelsea Winstanley and Pietra Brettkelly. Chelsea bring a wealth of experience and insight to a discussion on the film industry in New Zealand, including the challenges and opportunities facing filmmakers today, the importance of diversity and representation in storytelling, and the role of film in shaping cultural narratives.

Writing for stage and screen with Kathryn Burnett

In this podcast Louis Bolton talks with Kathryn Burnett. Kathryn discusses the what and how of being a screenwriter, how to receive feedback, where to request feedback from and the reality of carving out a career in this industry. Kathryn’s candor is refreshing, realistic and inspiring.

What is an Intimacy Coordinator

In this podcast Emma Power talks with New Zealand actor and fully qualified Intimacy Coordinator Jennifer Ward-Lealand.  We discuss the importance of this role and how Aotearoa has been q uick to adapt to this important part of the production process.

Kataraina Howden-Borell

Actress Kataraina Howden-Borell stars in the 2022 television series Beyond the Veil.  Listen to her kōrero with presenter Tihini Grant about the importance of te reo Māori on our screens.