with Errol Wright
Te Whanau o Aotearoa –Caretakers of the Land (2003)
The Last Resort (2006)
Operation 8 (2011)
A Civilised Society (2007)
The Hollow Men (2008)
Abi gained a Certificate in Film and Television Production from Unitec in 1996, and a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television and Media Studies from the University of Auckland in 2000. She has worked in television - as a presentation director at Juice TV, Sky TV’s music channel - and in film as a casting assistant on Aidiko Insane (Kahukura Productions, unreleased) and continuity on Two Cars, One Night (Defender Films, 2003). Abi has dabbled in acting and wrote a play titled A Room That Echoes for the 2002 Young and Hungry season at Bats.
In collaboration with Errol Wright, as CutCutCut Films, Abi has directed and edited three feature documentaries: Te Whanau o Aotearoa - Caretakers of the Land (2003), The Last Resort (2006) andOperation 8 (2011). Te Whanau screened in the 2003 Wellington International Film Festival and the 2005 Wairoa Maori Film Festival, and had a season at the Paramount Cinema in Wellington. The Last Resort was the most extensively screened local production in the 2006 New Zealand International Film Festival. It went on to screen at numerous other local festivals and had return seasons at independent cinemas nationwide. It was broadcast on both the Documentary Channel and Maori TV.
CutCutCut’s recent feature documentary, Operation 8, screened to sell-out houses in the 2011 World Cinema Showcase, before a nationwide theatrical release at independent cinemas. It was invited to screen at several international film festivals, including Melbourne and Hawaii. Maori TV hosted the primetime television premiere in October 2011, where it received the channels highest ratings for that week. The film was nominated for Best Arts/Festival/Feature Documentary at the 2011 AFTA awards and won Best Feature/Documentary at the 2012 Wairoa Maori Film Festival.
Abi edited Alister Barry’s last two feature documentaries A Civilised Society (2007) and The Hollow Men (2008). For The Hollow Men she is also credited as researcher, script consultant, voice artist, co-camera & co-sound. Abi also remastered Alister’s first feature documentary Mururoa (1973) for re-release in 2009. She is currently editing and co-directing feature documentary Hot Air with Alister, due to premiere in the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival.