Chris Dudman’s Royal College of Art (London) film BLACKWATER SUMMER was
nominated for an Oscar and went on to win Best European Short Film at Cork,
Best Film at the Munich International Student Film Festival, the Young Jury
Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, and Best Director and the Public
Prize at Tours.
During the 1990’s, based in London, Chris wrote and directed WINGS OF
WOOD and SANDMAN, two arts documentaries for Thames Television; the latter
nominated for a British Television Society Award. He also directed the
documentary LIDO, which became the most popular documentary in the BBC 10x10
Chris also researched and outlined INTIMATE STRANGERS, an original
six-hour thriller series about a forensic pathologist, commissioned by BBC
Scotland, and co-wrote the pilot episode entitled, THE CONFESSOR.
In 1995 Chris returned to New Zealand where he wrote and researched the
final two episodes of NEW ZEALAND AT WAR and wrote the feature screenplay THE
DOLPHIN OF DINGLE BAY.
In 1998 Chris directed two INSIDE NEW ZEALAND documentaries, ZOO and
PROTECTING THE BORDER, for TV3.
Since then Chris has directed numerous award-winning television
commercials around the world and now co-owns Robber’s Dog Films, a New Zealand
leading commercials production company.
Chris’ love of drama is a strong as ever. The New Zealand Film Commission
short film he directed, THE GRAFFITI OF MR TUPAIA, starring Rawiri Paratene,
won best screenplay, best actor and best film at the Qantas film and TV awards
in 2008, and Best Film against Violence at the Berlin Film Festival in 2010.
Chris’ CHOICE NIGHT, another NZFC funded short film, was selected for
last year’s BFI London Film Festival, Valladolid’s SEMINICI, Melbourne’s
International Film Festival and Switzerland’s Cinema dus Ecrans
Festival. The short was also at Cannes’ Short Film Corner in 2010. This year,
the short is screening at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film
Festival in France and at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.
Chris has a feature film, set in the world of undercover policing, in
development with the NZFC.