Documentary

Story telling at it’s finest

UP COMMING PROJECTS

Interplast - Better holiday stories.

Interplast is an amazing organisation that does fantastic work. Medical volunteers provide their services to children around the South Pacific and South East Asia, correcting burns, and cleft palates with free medical support. They give their time and skills to really change children’s lives, and their families. The medical services and training the give truly are incredible and inspiring.

As a father and a Rotary member I was inspired to support the organisation, lending a hand to create supporting videos, and a documentary to help them continue the life changing work but telling their story to as a wide an audience as I can.

More details on this project will follow with a facebook site, crowd funding site, short preview videos and updates as the project moves ahead.

TE AO MARAMA

(The World of Light) goes smoke free

Making change is never easy. Put someone in prison, take away their freedoms, with strangers and change becomes even harder. Te Ao Marama, a New Zealand prison unit, at Waikeria prison lead the way as the first unit to go smoke free in New Zealand. This powerful story was nothing but inspiring. Te Ao Marama’s kaupapa (principle) is to help return Māori offenders to Māori culture. The whanau feeling was strong, and as a whanau they kept themselves on the path.

The first time I covered a story there was with Fairfax report Karla Akuhata as a minister visited the prison. We both knew there was a story their that needed to be told. Te Ao Marama has a fantastic track record of reducing recidivism by helping Māori prisons reconnect with their culture. This mini doc was published on stuff.co.nz in conjunction with a story printed in the Waikato Times. It features two short interviews with prisoners about New Zealand Prison's going smoke free, and how Te Ao Marama has made a big difference in their lives.

As my first solo documentary, I was pretty please with this result. It definitely gave me a taste for documentaries and visual storytelling.