Catherine Fitzgerald, ONZM, founded Blueskin Films in 2002. The latest film, thriller, Coming Home in the Dark (dir James Ashcroft) premièred in the Midnight Section, Sundance 2021. Punch (dir Welby Ings) shot in New Zealand November – December 2020 is in post-production, as is Returning Home, a Chinese/NZ feature documentary. Blueskin Films has produced the acclaimed One Thousand Ropes, The Orator (both NZ’s nominees for Best for Foreign Film) and Bellbird amongst its extensive international award-winning slate of features, shorts and documentaries which have featured worldwide, including the Berlinale, Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto Film Festivals and the Academy Awards. Catherine has a record of films by women, Māori and Polynesian and other under-represented voices.  Recent releases include Bellbird and Helen Kelly. Short The Meek and Coming Home in the Dark will be hitting the screens in 2021.

She also Chairs the NZ Film Festival Trust and Playmarket, is a founding Trust member of the Screen Women’s Action Group and has consulted for the Berlinale for the NATIVe strand, and served on Generation, NETPAC and Adelaide Festival Juries.  Her other governance roles include the founding Chair of WIFT NZ, NZ Film Commission Board, the Board of the Dunedin College of Education, and SPADA among others.

Accolades

Vincent Ward and Tainui Stephens and Marg Slater and Kēro Nancy Tait and Catherine Fitzgerald
Best Documentary Film, 2008

Rain of the Children

Best Documentary Film, 2008

Rain of the Children

Vincent Ward weaves drama with documentary to unravel the extraordinary story of Puhi, the Tuhoe (Iwi tribal group, North Island, New Zealand) woman he filmed…

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Films

Rain of the Children
2008

Rain of the Children

New Zealand
2008

Rain of the Children

Vincent Ward weaves drama with documentary to unravel the extraordinary story of Puhi, the Tuhoe (Iwi tribal group, North Island, New Zealand) woman he filmed…

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The Orator
2011

The Orator (O Le Tulafale)

New Zealand, Samoa
2011

The Orator (O Le Tulafale)

Manu Asafo has described the film as an attempt “to portray Samoan culture”. It shows Samoans “surrounded by family and support”, in accordance with fa’aSamoa…

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