Fascinated by polarising and colourful subject matter, and angered by environmental and human rights issues, director Briar March’s films are diverse, but grounded in a passionate desire to communicate. There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho, is an award-winning feature documentary on climate change. Other films include Smoke Songs which was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards, Michael & His Dragon, Promenade, Stick Wid It, A Place to Call Home, and Allie Eagle and Me. Briar has directed music videos, magazine shows, and commercials and has a production company with Lyn Collie, On the Level Productions. She has been a recipient of the SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year, Fulbright and AMP Scholarships, and shared the Qantas Best Editing Documentary/Factual Award. Briar has an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University in California, and a BFA in Fine Arts the University of Auckland.
Kim Harrop is an experienced and passionate story teller with over 17 years’ experience in both drama and factual television. Most recently Kim has worked as Head of Development, then Head of Scripted at Warner Bros International TV Production NZ. During this time, she was integral in the creation and development of TVNZ 1’s landmark historic series First Crossings and the platinum-funded architectural series The New Zealand Home for TVNZ 1. Prior to this, Kim worked in various key creative roles on serial drama Shortland Street, most recently as Head Writer. Outside of Shortland Street, Kim has worked on other New Zealand dramas, including the hit series Go Girls, as well as story producing and writing on a number of documentary, reality and factual television series.