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.