Since moving behind the camera in 2008, Hern has produced four feature films and has another in post-production.
One, the micro-budget, privately-funded, whodunit-thriller, I'm Not Harry Jenson, which was released theatrically in New Zealand to critical acclaim in 2009.
Two, the eerily-provocative, festival-darling, Everything We Loved, which he made with writer/director Max Currie in 2012/13.
Three, The Dark Horse, the gritty-based-on-a-true-story-drama which became a box office smash ($2M) and critic's-fave in NZ, before launching internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival, to glowing reviews, sales to all major territories and Oscar-buzz for Cliff Curtis's performance. The Dark Horse went on to win a number of awards at top film festivals (including Audience Awards at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and San Francisco, Seattle and Palm Springs Film Festivals).
And, four, Pork Pie, a modern, rollicking length of New Zealand road movie (reimagining of the 1980's kiwi hit, Goodbye Pork Pie) - which was written and directed by Matt Murphy
As lead producer of The Dark Horse, Hern won the Moa-award for "Best Film" at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards. In 2015, he was recognized as a Future Leader of the industry by Screen International (in their special Cannes Edition) and sat on the international jury for the Berlin Film Festival (Generation Section). In 2016, Hern won the pitching prize at the MIFF 37 Degrees South market in Melbourne.
Hern is in post-production on the official German/New Zealand co-production, action-comedy, Guns Akimbo, starring Daniel Radcliffe, which is set for release in the third quarter of 2019.
Hern also worked under Barrie Osborne, as an Associate Producer, on the giant-shark action pic, The Meg.
james napier robertson
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, James Napier Robertson began as an actor in theatre and television before writing and directing a number of short films in his early twenties, followed by his debut feature film, I’M NOT HARRY JENSON, starring Ian Mune, Ilona Rodgers and Marshall Napier. Garnering critical acclaim for his direction of performance, mood and dialogue, I’M NOT HARRY JENSON was released theatrically in New Zealand in 2009 and nominated for Best Picture at the 2009 New Zealand Film Awards, The Dominion Post calling it “The first New Zealand-made thriller in years that’s actually worthy of the name.”
Napier Robertson’s fascination with dysfunctional, outsider characters and social disorientation underpinned the dramatic tension of the film, a theme he continued to explore in his next film, THE DARK HORSE, starring Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston, based on the true life story of bipolar chess player Genesis Potini. A long-time chess player himself, Napier Robertson played hundreds of games with Genesis while studying his struggles with mental illness and working on the script.
Opening the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival before premiering at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, THE DARK HORSE was a commercial and critical hit, receiving 5 star reviews from all major critics and grossing over $2 million at the New Zealand Box Office. The Australian called it “outstanding…a work of the highest artistic excellence”, Variety stated it “exceptional…the most
deserving cinematic export to emerge from New Zealand in years”, and the National Radio Review declared it “one of the greatest New Zealand films ever made”. Napier Robertson won New Filmmaker of the Year at the 2014 Spada Awards and Best Screenplay at the 2014 New Zealand Writers Guild Awards, and THE DARK HORSE went on to win Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards.
In 2015, THE DARK HORSE was released theatrically worldwide and continued winning awards internationally, including winning Best Film at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015, Seattle International Film Festival 2015, San Francisco International Film Festival 2015, Washington DC International Film Festival 2015, Dublin International Film Festival 2015, Asia Pacific Film Awards, Art
Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015. In 2016 it was released theatrically in the U.S. by Broad Green Pictures (presented by James Cameron), and in late 2016 was formally screened at the White House for then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Napier Robertson is currently writing and directing on Australian mini-series ROMPER STOMPER (Roadshow Productions), New Zealand mini-series THE PANTHERS (Four Knights Film), and feature films THE SEVENTH SYMPHONY and THE BALLERINA (both produced by Anonymous Content).
He is represented by ANONYMOUS CONTENT in Los Angeles.
Borgers began working in Theatre and Live Events after completing his Bachelor of Performing Arts Management at Te Kura Toi Whaakari o Aotearoa, New Zealand Drama School in 2013. He worked in everything from Construction and Rigging, through to Production Management and Producing.
After working on a few short films he was hooked on filmmaking. He moved to Auckland in 2014 and cold emailed producers looking for an internship. As fate would have it, Tom Hern and Four Knights Film were simultaneously releasing ‘The Dark Horse’ and ‘Everything we Loved’, and happened to be looking for extra help.
Over the next year and a half, Alexander continued working with Four Knights as a part-time contractor, while also working on various TVC’s, TV Series and alongside other producers who had projects in Development.
Since 2015, and the development of Pork Pie, Alexander has worked full time with Four Knights. He started as a Production Assistant and is now an Associate Producer within the company.