we started there was only one rule – that when we stopped having
fun, we’d quit. We haven’t quit yet.”
ScreenWorks is unique in the New Zealand production
industry. Three working production veterans; producer Chris HAMPSON,
director Chris BAILEY, and writer Greg McGEE formed it in 1998. They
had no capital beyond their shared experience and few resources beyond
a cramped office above a Ponsonby Rd fish & chip shop. Line
Producer Jane LINDSAY joined the team a year later.
As McGEE tells it, ScreenWorks was largely born out of
frustration and the desire to have creative control over their own
projects. According to HAMPSON, “we wanted to make our own
mistakes – rather than other people’s“.
is a niche production company, concentrating on feature films and high
production value film drama for television. The company aims to produce
work with high International appeal and have to date sold product
throughout the South Pacific, in France, Australia, Yugoslavia, Russia
and across the African Continent.
ScreenWorks team is just that—a team.
Their philosophy is that they spend so much time together, they
have to work with people they like.
Being a tight-knit group also enables them to work within
strict time and budget constraints.
company has to date produced four series of their flagship prime-time
drama Street Legal, the
13-episode children’s series Hard
Out, and the short film Tick,
written and directed by Rebecca Hobbs.
Tick opened the New York Film Festival, with the premiere of Jack
Nicholson’s About Schmidt.
They are currently developing an adaptation of the children’s cult
classic Under the Mountain,
developing two drama series for television, and working on a major
project for screen that should come to fruition in 2004.