Director/Co-Writer - Christopher Dudman

Director/Co-Writer - Christopher Dudman

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 series.

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.

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