GAYLENE PRESTON is the director, producer, writer.

Gaylene Preston is a storyteller whose films have a distinctive flavour that entertain while presenting serious subjects with humour and warmth.

Preston’s films have been in official selection for most major international film festivals – Venice, Sundance, Toronto, London, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand and have won awards in USA, Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Her feature films include Mr Wrong (1985), Ruby and Rata (1990), Bread & Roses (1993) War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us (1995) and Perfect Strangers (2003). Her major documentaries include Hone Tuwhare (1996), Titless Wonders (2001), Earthquake (2006), Time of Our Lives (2007) and Lovely Rita (2007).

In 2001, Preston was honoured by the New Zealand Arts Foundation, becoming New Zealand’s first Filmmaker Laureate. In 2002 she was appointed an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to filmmaking. In 2010 she became the inaugural recipient of the NZ Documentary Edge Outstanding contribution to NZ Documentary Award.

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