How to make a living doing what you love, telling stories!
Random Group, ground floor, 43 Hanson St, Mt Cook
6pm Drinks - Start at 630pm.

How to make a living doing what we love: telling stories!


In a time where documentary filmmaking appears to be taking a back seat at the Film School,

even while feature length documentaries are now making it to the cinema in greater numbers,

more women are taking content in to their own hands and forging careers

telling stories that reflect, intrigue, inform and excite.

Anna Cottrell and Amanda Millar are two of these filmmakers.  How has this career path worked out for them?

Come along to this workshop to be inspired as you make your own life choices.  Is documentary a path for you?

Anna Cottrell has been making documentaries for TV, festivals and galleries for ...quite a long time! She started her career  as a TV journo and current affairs producer and moved into documentaries when her kids were young.

Last year two documentaries screened on Choice TV, The Wahine Disaster, 50 Years On and The Kiwi, the Knight & the Qashqai. Her latest gig has been five series of Great War Stories for Newshub,  'haiku' documentaries about NZers in World War One.

Amanda Millar has been a journalist since she left school so she has been story-telling for four decades. This has earned her 18 national awards  for her work in both TV current affairs programmes such as 2020, Sunday & 60 Minutes as well as more than 20 documentaries as an independent producer and director.

Her biggest challenge and arguably, her most satisfying has been making the smash hit of last year's NZIFF, CELIA.

This is the feature film celebrating the life and work of the late Celia Lashlie that's been out on general release since March.



Date:   Wednesday 29th May

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: Random Group, 43 Hanson Street, Mt Cook

Members free,  non-members $15  (drinks and nibbles included)


Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.