What a great start to the new year! Huge applause from us on behalf of all WIFT members to Gaylene Preston, who was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Preston has written, produced and directed numerous feature films and documentaries that have been screened at festivals around the world. Most recently, she made the documentary My Year With Helen, following former Prime Minister Helen Clark at the UN. She is The New Zealand Arts Foundation's inaugural Filmmaker Laureate (2001) and the recipient of a WIFT NZ Lifetime Achievement Award, and has served on several industry boards.

Gaylene Preston

Gaylene Preston

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