One Thousand Ropes

The Filmmakers

Tusi Tamasese

Tamasese’s first feature film The Orator premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2011 and achieved international and local acclaim. It was New Zealand’s first-ever entry into the best foreign-language film category for the Academy Awards and was celebrated on the international circuit including Sundance and Berlin film festivals. In 2015 he was named a new Generation NZ Arts Laureate.

Tusi's credits include Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013), The Orator - O Le Tulafale(2011) and VaTapuia (2009)

Catherine Fitzgerald

Producer and owner of Blueskin Films, Catherine is an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to film, a Member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy and has received “South Pacific Pictures Award For Achievement In Film 2014” (WIFT NZAwards) and SPADA NZ Independent Producer Of The Year Award 2011, among other prizes and honours.

She also Chairs the NZ Film Festival Trust, has consulted for the Berlinale NATIVe, and served on the Berlinale Generation Jury.She also serves on the SPADA, WIFTNZ and Playmarket Boards, and the Governance Group for the review of tertiary qualifications.

Catherine’s credits includeTwo Cars, One Night (2004), Rain of the Children (2008) and The Orator (2011).