WRITER/DIRECTOR: GILLIAN ASHURST

Gillian graduated from Canterbury University in 1991, with a degree in philosophy - leaving her qualified to sit on a hill and think about life. These thoughts led her to London, where she gained a more useful diploma in journalism.

The next five years were spent travelling the world and "collecting stories" gonzo style for various magazines.

By 1996 the printed word was no longer enough, and Gillian took a career turn, attending the New Zealand Film and Television Training School. Her student film, Confessions of a Latter Day Slut, gained recognition from video festivals throughout New Zealand and the USA.

Upon graduating, Gillian gained funding to make Venus Blue. The film was completed in June 1998, in time to premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival. It has since played at many internaitonal film festivals, including the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Fantasporto Film Festival, Portugal.

Gillian is currently in post-production on her first feature film, Snakeskin.

 

PRODUCER: LARA BOWEN

Venus Blue was the first film produced by Lara Bowen. Lara represents the more serious side of the team, and is even capable of keeping a straight face during meetings with sleazy TV producers.

Lara's background is in the art world, having studied Sculpture at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts. Lara then went on to be the director of Artspace for three years, an Arts Council funded visual arts and performance gallery.

Lara warmed up to producing Venus through various production roles on films such as Memory and Desire.

Lara is currently a Producer for Terabyte Interactive, New Zealand's leading Internet and multimedia production company.

 

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: VANESSA SHELDRICK

Another New Zealand Film and Television Training School graduate, Vanessa spent two years working as an Assistant Director on the popular television series, Xena.

Vanessa was particularly responsible for the fund raising and sponsorship deals which helped to give Venus Blue such high production values on such a low budget.

With a background in antiques dealing, Vanessa could even talk Kodak into lowering their prices.

 

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