We live for film.

 
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Writing/Producing/ Directing/ Film.

An independent film partnership based in Wellington, New Zealand. We write, produce and direct films – from shorts to features with documentaries and special projects also in our hearts. We partner with other brilliant writers and collaborators on projects and enjoy the support and culture of the vibrant film making environment of Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Projects

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Maunga (Mountain)

SHORT FILM | 2018 – IN POST

On Christmas Eve in 1944, Ania, a Polish orphan refugee and Sarah, a farm girl, discover their friend Tamati, a local Māori boy, broken and weeping at an ancestral cave in the thick forest at the base of the epic volcano, Mount Taranaki in New Zealand. These three friends who have lost everything, on one night will become family. This night will define them forever.

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The Last Night

SHORT FILM | 2014

In mountainous Afghanistan, UN military advisor Captain James Lesley negotiates with the powerful warlord Azeem Asoud not to massacre a village in the morning. A story inspired by true events about the futility of Western efforts in trying to change lives in Afghanistan.

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Tiki Taane Mahuta

PERFORMANCE | 2017

Live music, theatre, aerial performance, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rakau and hip hop united in Tiki Taane Mahuta, one of New Zealand’s largest nationally-devised productions. Created by Taki Rua Artistic Director Tanemahuta Gray and set to live music from iconic musicians Tiki Taane and Shapeshifter’s Sam Trevethick.

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Pacific Dreams

SHORT FILM | 2011

Pacific Dreams Rest Home, ‘that sounds nice doesn’t it, a place to rest and dream,’ says the Taxi Driver to Grace as they drive up to the front entrance. Grace soon discovers that to rest and dream is not always pleasant. For Pacific Dreams is limbo, a grey, quiet place between life and death, where residents exist but don’t live. Life is outside, it doesn’t come in...

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Polish Children of Pahiatua

DOCUMENTARY | 2015

On a sunny morning on 1 November 1944, 733 Polish orphan children on board the American troopship General Randall, awoke to the picturesque sights of Wellington. This safe harbour marked the end of a tragic exodus from Poland four years before, suffering hardship in Siberian gulags, where over 1.7million Poles perished.

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The Lion’s Jaw

IN DEVELOPMENT | 2018

"Welcome to God's ashtray" reads the sign that greets newly graduated Lieutenant James Lesley as he arrives at Forward Operating Base Tango at the base of The Lion's Jaw, the longest valley in Afghanistan. On his first operation James and his team of four are ordered to journey up the valley to advise a powerful warlord, Azeem Asoud, that his millions of dollars in US aid funding is being cut.

 
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David J.Strong
Wanda Lepionka

David Strong

David is a writer, director and producer from Wellington, New Zealand.

He has written and directed three short films and directed the visual elements of an award winning multimedia stage performance.

David is also a Military Advisor and has worked on four international productions including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the upcoming Disney feature, Mulan.

David was a founding member and Chair of ScreenSafe, an independent pan-industry body established to improve health and safety in the screen sector.

David has two Masters of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. David is a member of the New Zealand Writer’s Guild.

Wanda Lepionka

Wanda is a writer, director and producer from Wellington, New Zealand.

She has written and directed a short film and a documentary, and produced three short films and was Costume Co-ordinator on Avatar.

Wanda established the Wellington Polish Film Festival and the New Zealand Polish Film Festival Trust in 2016 and is the Festival Director.

Wanda has a Master of Philosophy in Material Culture and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Classical Studies. Wanda is a member of the New Zealand Writer’s Guild, Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) and Women in Film and Television (WIFT).

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