16th April 2004




The film-maker who heads up the University of Lincoln’s Media Production course is hoping to find investors for her feature film project at an event in New Zealand.


Barbara Cairns, who is currently on study leave in her homeland, was invited to take part in a Film Business School this week sponsored by the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand Screen Council and the Screen Producers and Development Association (SPADA).


The five-day school -  the first to be staged in the southern hemisphere – has provided high-level industry training to some of New Zealand’s leading film producers.


Barbara has been rubbing shoulders with international figures including Karl Baumgartner, whose German production company Pandora recently co-produced the Oscar-nominated ‘Whale Rider’ and distributed throughout Germany, ‘The Piano’ and ‘Angel at My Table’ in Germany.


Most of the other tutors who were invited to take part in the school, held near Wellington, were international producers, distributors or sales agents representing companies such as HBO, Fortissimo, Icon, Artisan/Summit and The Works.


“I’m thrilled to have been selected to take part and I’m hoping as a result to find some international investment interest for my feature film ‘Bring Me Justice’,” said Barbara.


“It’s been an amazing experience to be with some of most experienced producers, sales agents and distributors from Europe and across the world.”


‘Bring Me Justice’ will tell the story of Mokomoko, Maori chief of the Whakatohea tribe on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, who was wrongfully hanged in the 1860s for the murder of a European missionary.


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