Recent Announcements

Great War Stories Screens on TV3 News 4-10 August 6:30pm

posted 31 Jul 2014, 03:14 by Anna Cottrell   [ updated 31 Jul 2014, 14:49 by Anna Cottrell ]

MONDAY 4th  LADY LIVERPOOL – the home front  

TUESDAY 5th – KEITH CALDWELL –- ace pilot  

WEDNESDAY 6th –  RIKIHANA CARKEEK – the Native Contingent  

THURSDAY 7th – LEONARD HART – Passchendaele  


SATURDAY 9th – MARK BRIGGS – Conscientious Objector  

SUNDAY 10th – BESS – War Horses  

New series of Great War Stories for TV3

posted 15 Sept 2013, 22:36 by Anna Cottrell   [ updated 25 Jun 2014, 22:01 ]

AC Productions' new series, Great War Stories is being edited for screening on TV3. 

We are telling stories of New Zealanders -  men, women, Maori and Pakeha - and one horse, Bess, in short documentaries to screen as part of TV3 News. The first series will screen later this year on TV3 in prime time and then be posted on the relevant websites. The series is funded by NZ On Air.
This is an exciting collaboration with our wonderful archives, a rich treasure trove of personal stories - the Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives NZ and the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.
Photo 1: Researcher David Filer, Mark Jennings TV3, with Rosemary Fullerton-Smith and Anna Cottrell at the launch at the National Library.

 National Library Launch       

2.Jock Phillips,Min for Culture & Heritage describes WW1 pilot Keith Caldwell's amazing escape. 
3. Lady Liverpool launches our series with stories from the home front.
4.This series is 'hand made' according to our exhausted editor Peter Metcalf (below).



2014 Food for Thought - Talk & Taste Series

posted 10 Jul 2013, 23:03 by Anna Cottrell   [ updated 25 Jun 2014, 21:55 ]

Another great success from the Migrating Kitchen Trust: 

Food in the Gallipoli Trenches - Glyn Harper, historian, author & professor of War Studies at Massey University, talked about the appalling food dished out to soldiers in the Gallipoli trenches. We even got to try some real ANZAC biscuits.

Jewish Rituals & Recipes - Martin Chait fabulous story-teller entertained 50 people at Pataka talking about the Jews flight from Egypt and sharing food, made by Jayne Chait, associated with the Passover.

Food in Art & Film Samoan NZ film maker & teacher Sima Urale talked about Food in Art & Film...accompanied by some sensational Samoan delicacies to taste.

More info, photos and video clips at:

Strawberries with the Fuhrer on TV3 Anzac Day

posted 17 Apr 2013, 18:33 by Geoff Head   [ updated 20 Apr 2013, 13:24 by Anna Cottrell ]

Amy O'Connor's documentary Strawberries with the Fuhrer is screening on TV3, Anzac Day 10.30 am. 

It is the story of Helga Tiscenko from Timaru whose German officer father was executed at the end of the war.

Women of the Chathams

posted 2 Dec 2012, 19:17 by Anna Cottrell   [ updated 29 Dec 2012, 19:57 ]

Anna has an Oral History award from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to interview Chatham Island women. "After a visit last year I was fascinated by the hard working, dynamic and creative women who live and work in such a remote environment - and interested in the stories they have to tell. I hope to be there early March during the music festival."

Migrating Kitchen @ Moore Wilson's in Wellington during October

posted 4 Oct 2012, 15:45 by Geoff Head   [ updated 14 Oct 2012, 17:19 by Anna Cottrell ]

The Migrating Kitchen celebrating refugee & migrant stories - now on at Moore Wilson's in Wellington. DVDs playing, Food cooking - Mondays to Wednesdays in October.

Out of the Shadows screening on Heartland 29 September 7.30pm

posted 4 Sept 2012, 22:22 by Anna Cottrell   [ updated 31 Jul 2014, 02:46 by Anna Cottrell ]

Sons and daughters of the famous and the infamous tell their stories in the documentary Out of the Shadows

The Muldoon family, Tom Hunt son of Sam, Hinemoa Awatere daughter of Donna, Martin Crump son of Barry and the Turners, Glenn and Sukhi's kids, describe what it's like when your parents are well known public figures.

Heartland Channel  - 29th September at 7.30pm.

Running For Their Lives Documentary Update & Thank you! Wednesday 12 September

posted 30 Aug 2012, 18:34 by Anna Cottrell

Mulu Tesfa
, Terefe Ejigu's mother and I wish to thank all the generous donors and supporters. Please come for drinks and we'll show a short clip of the family story and Terefe's graduation in the States. 
Guest speaker: Roger Moses, Headmaster of Wellington College
Where: NZ Film Archive, corner Ghuznee & Taranaki Streets
When: Wednesday 12 September 2012 @ 5.30 - 6.30pm
P: 0274575 695

Anne Frank exhibition opens in Auckland Tuesday 4 September

posted 30 Aug 2012, 18:31 by Anna Cottrell

Auckland War Memorial Museum. 

Lest We Forget an AC Productions documentary in which Holocaust survivors tell their stories, has been screening with the exhibition, Anne Frank: a history for today as it has toured the country for over two years.
There will be an address by Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, The Hon Chris Finlayson

My thanks to the Chairman of the exhibition, Boyd Klap CNZM, QSO for asking me to make the documentary during which I met so many interesting people with devastating stories of courage and survival.

More info on the documentary: Lest We Forget

Please contact me if you would like a copy of the 30' documentary 

Strawberries with The Fuhrer screens August 31st

posted 27 Aug 2012, 23:29 by Anna Cottrell   [ updated 27 Aug 2012, 23:32 ]

Where: The Film Archive, Wellington.
When: Friday, 31 August 2012.
Time: 12:15pm
Running time: 30 + 15 minutes.
Ticket price: $8 incl. cup of soup.

"German New Zealander Helga Tiscenko’s war story is one few other New Zealanders might have listened to sympathetically when she settled here. Now she talks to filmmaker Amy O’Connor about the privileges and subsequent travails of growing up the daughter of an intelligent, loving father who happened to be a Nazi General. 

As a child she thrilled to choruses of Sieg Heil! She was chosen to share the eponymous strawberries on the occasion of Hitler’s birthday when she presented him with a bouquet of forget-me-nots and was invited to stay for ice cream. ‘If he had asked me to die for him there and then I would have done so’, she says, ‘unquestioningly’. 

Her father would eventually be executed for war crimes, and her own escape from the Allied advance was fraught with danger. In her 70s she wrote her memoirs partly to address the conundrum of a good father who became instrumental in an evil regime. With fitting modesty, O’Connor’s film allows Helga’s salutary tale to exemplify the susceptibility of young and old to messianic charisma." 

More info on the documentary: Strawberries with The Fuhrer

— New Zealand International Film Festival 2011

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