New-Zealand-born Magnolia started her career in London as a researcher on the BAFTA nominated British Empire in Colour documentary series. From there she went on to become a producer working across TV, radio and online, traveling extensively to produce and also direct film projects across the world. A highlight from her 15 years in London was producing Sport at Heart, the campaign film that secured the 2012 Olympic Games for London, beating rival bid films from Steven Spielberg (New York) and Luc Besson (Paris). Another highlight was being a producer on Salute Petra, an NZIFF selected feature-length documentary about the memorial opera for Luciano Pavarotti held in the Jordanian desert. For the past five years Magnolia has been working with universities in Australia, including Monash University and the University of Melbourne, to produce and direct documentaries about their research projects. She also directs and produces the STEM Talks ® which are a series of films that give the public an opportunity to hear from leading academics about their research. Magnolia continues to work with universities on a range of content including the recent production, Mapping the Messiness, a feature length documentary. Currently she has a documentary series in development with Victoria University of Wellington and is in post-production on a documentary 20 years in the making called Gringo which explores the lives of Americans living in Mexico and gives a much-needed counter perspective to current narratives on the US-Mexican border.
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