At just thirty-two years old, Hern has produced four feature films.
One, the micro-budget-whodunnit-thriller, I’m Not Harry Jenson, which was funded entirely through private investment and was released theatrically in its home country of New Zealand to critical acclaim in 2009.
Two, the eerily provocative micro-budget 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 recently became a box office smash ($2M) and audience fave in its home territory (of New Zealand), before launching internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film received fantastic reviews and sold to all major territories around the world. The Dark Horse has gone 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. Pork Pie is currently in theatrical release in New Zealand and will be released in other territories around the world in the coming months.
Hern also produced the short film, Lambs, in 2010 which played at a number of top film festivals around the world including Clermont Ferrand, Berlin Generation and Melbourne and won a number of awards, including both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2011.
As lead producer on The Dark Horse, Hern won the Moa-award for “Best Film” at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards. In 2015, he was recognised as a Future Leader of the industry by Screen International (in their special Cannes Edition) and also sat on the prestigious international jury for the Berlin Film Festival (Generation Section). In 2016, Hern won the top pitching prize at the MIFF 37 Degrees South market in Melbourne. Hern is currently a board-member on NZ script development trust, Script to Screen.
He has a full slate of projects set for realisation in 2017 and beyond.
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.
Born on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. Alexander Borgers began working in theatre and live events, doing everything from rigging through to production managing.
Borgers began working with Four Knights Film in 2014 during the simultaneous releases of Everything We Loved and The Dark Horse. Borgers continued working with Four Knights on a freelance basis, whilst working on a number of TV series and commercials before taking a full time role with the company in 2015 as Production Coordinator.