Feature Image


Collaborators are people with whom Alyx works regularly or with whom she has a continuing professional relationship. These include performers, producers, directors, writers designers, cinematographers, and mentors.


DAVID WHITE began his career as an actor before founding FainTheatre, a company which mounted productions for successive Fringe Festivals in Wellington and shows for Bats Theatre. He then produced the stage show “The Hydrangea Monologues” into a television pilot, his first ‘moving images’ project.
After this he turned his attention to music videos and his first project, with Director Sally Tran, winning Best Concept and Overall Music Video at Handle the Jandle and more recently it being voted 4th best music video to be made in New Zealand at Ready to Roll.
Then he took on his greatest challenge, producing the feature film, “The Last Great Snail Chase” which he then took to the Cannes Film Festival and other European centres in 2007.
Since returning to New Zealand David has worked full time writing and developing feature films, television shows and documentaries, has attended various writing courses here and overseas and is currently in production with his first feature film documentary “The Red House” which is directed by Alyx Duncan.



CHRIS PRYOR is a filmmaker with a background in stills photography.  He has made feature films, documentaries and short films as cinematographer and sometimes co-editor. He was a finalist for Best Technical Contribution to a Feature Film (Budget Under NZ$1m) for his work as Director of Photography for Rubbings from a Live Man. In addition, he was a finalist for Best Technical Contribution to a Digital Feature at the NZ Film Awards for both Woodenhead and Kaikohe Demolition. He attended the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2004 and was Director of Photography of Zia Mandviwalla's short film Clean Linen, which screened at both the Melbourne and NZ Film Festivals. He is currently shooting two documentary series for Maori television, Kete Aronui and Kaitiaki. He is the cinematographer for The Red House.


PAUL WEDEL is a Canadian director, editor and producer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand.  He was the editor and sound editor of Clash of the Titans, a documentary about a hip-hop MC battle set in Wellington, New Zealand, which was selected to the 2008 New Zealand Film Festival.  His experimental short film, NIGHT DRIVE, was also selected to the 2008 NZFF.  Paul's films have also screened at the DOCNZ International Documentary Festival, the Big Mountain Short Film Festival and the Wellington Fringe Film Festival.  In Canada, he has edited documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada and CTV.  His companion piece to NIGHT DRIVE, entitled DAY DRIVE, was recently selected to the 2009 New Zealand Film Festival.


Paul was the co-director, co-DOP, co-editor and sound designer for Otåck Otåck Otåck Fall,  Wellington winner of the 2009 48-Hours Filmmaking Competition


JOHN DOWNIE is a playwright, theatre and media director, with a particular interest in contemporary creative practices and cross-disciplinary thinking. His research interests include the history of spectacle and illusion, writing the performance script in the age of multi-media and interdisciplinary approaches, the relationship between biological 'display' and human 'performance', and practical theatre research as a means of investigating each of these.


KENTARO YAMADA is an artist. Born Fukuoka Japan. Currently living in London, he is working with The Rumpus Room. He is also completing his MFA at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA. In Auckland New Zealand he completed his BFA at Elam School of Fine Arts and BSC - Computer Science at the University of Auckland.



JEFFREY HOLDAWAY has worked with sound and moving image for over thirteen years.  His work includes location recording, mixing and sound design for documentary, feature and short film. He has directed music videos, dance films, made several works for CD, and designed sculptural sound installation for several leading NZ artists.  He has also taught workshops in recording and video production as technician at the Elam School of Fine Arts and the School of Music, University of Auckland.  Jeffrey is based in Auckland, New Zealand and has a Masters in Sound Design and a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts.


BRIGID URSULA BISLEY (B.Mus., LTCL, founder of Waitakere City Orchestra) was in born in Hamilton NZ. Beginning with the piano at age 5 and the violin at age 7, her background since then has been diverse and has also included training in choral singing, vocal technique, composition, orchestration, and conducting.
Since graduating from AUSOM in 1986, she has worked as a professional composer writing for voice, piano, cello, chamber ensembles and orchestra, and has also written music for contemporary dance.
She now receives regular commissions and her work has been performed in New Zealand, Europe and England, and broadcast in New Zealand. She was a finalist in the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for her song cycle ‘Come Back Safely’ for soprano, string quintet and percussion. She is also a freelance conductor and is the founder and conductor of the Waitakere City Orchestra, West Auckland.


ALINE TRAN is a french cinematographer. She was trained in the Belgian film school INSAS, and in 2007 was a scholar of the Budapest Masterclass of Cinematography held by Vilmos Szigmond, ASC. She has been DOP for number of short films, music video and documentaries, shot both on film and digitally. She has also worked as a telecine operator in the belgian postproduction company Ace Digital House. She has been based in Wellington since March 2008.


IAN HAMMOND is a performance designer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Ian is currently completing an honours degree in design through Massey University and Toi Whakaari - New Zealand Drama School. Ian would like to apply his skills in design to film, theatre and event design. Ian worked as a research assistant for costume designer, Kate Hawley for 'The Lovely Bones' in 2008 and researched for the 'World Scenography' publication under Doritta Hannah in 2009. Ian was on the script development team for the 2009 World of Wearable Arts show and will begin working as a script writer and set designer for the 2010 production.


ROWAN PIERCE produces and exhibits work, collaboratively and individually, across a range of mediums including live dance, theatre, music, and installation often with an emphasis on the live orchestration of sound and the projected video image.
Recently he has been working as part of The Playground NZ Ltd as a live video designer on the production of Sleep/Wake, performed at the Auckland International Festival of the Arts 09 and he continues to be involved in their upcoming projects. Other projects include work exhibited at the Adam Art Gallery, the New Zealand School of Dance, Toi Whakaari and Massey University. His current projects include a short film he is directing/designing as part of a collective series titled Quarters to be released in November 2009. Rowan is due to graduate from the Bachelor of Performance Design Degree in 2009.


NIU HAN is a Beijing based film producer and director. He did his undergraduate degree at Elam in Auckland. He has made one feature film called Freedom Hills, set in Tokyo. He has written and directed several short films and music videos including Armadillo and One Thousand Years. He has worked with independent film director Zhang Yuan as an assistant producer at festivals such as Cannes, Rotterdam, Sundance. In Beijing he worked as an Assistant director for feature films such as John Woo’s Red Cliff, The Karate Kid and new stereoscopic films for the Expo 2010. He was also a post-production coordinator for Red Cliff. He is currently working as a visual effects producer for a Chinese feature film called The Ancient Kings


CHEN SHUYU is based in Beijing and works in and between architecture, art and writing. Via collaborations and interventions, research and field recordings, she seeks to connect observations of daily life with the mental strategies shaping them.
She is the co-artistic director of The Institute for Provocation (IFP), a workspace for the contemporary arts that provides artistic research as an independent research discipline with its own context and infrastructure based in Beijing and Antwerp.



FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ is a Chilean-born filmmaker, DP, editor and visual artist based in Brussels, Belgium. He did his undergraduate degree in Fine arts in Santiago in 1994, immigrating to Europe to pursue the arts. Since 2008 he has been curating for the Brussels International Independent Film Festival. He’s been the director of photography and co-editor for several independent short films. He co-founded Fidget Company in collaboration with New Zealand choreographer Claire O’Neil in 2004. With this company he co-directed several contemporary dance works 2004-2007. He has been collaborating as a dramaturg with Alyx Duncan since 2008. He continues to develop his own installation, visual art and film works. The latest of these is And the Mountains Roared, an experimental narrative film written and directed by him.