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Shirley Horrocks

Shirley Horrocks has been the Managing Director of Point of View Productions since she created the company in 1984. Shirley is one of the country's leading directors and producers of documentaries. She is the local director who has been represented most often in the New Zealand International Film Festival. She has specialised in making documentaries about the arts (the work and career of leading painters, photographers, musicians and writers), but has also directed and produced programmes about New Zealand society and culture, education, business, health, etc. Her work has won a number of awards.

She was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Her academic qualifications include: Drama Diploma, B.A., M.A. (Honours), and M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from the University of Auckland.

Shirley was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to documentary filmmaking, in the 2019 New Year Honours. The citation notes that "Horrocks is a leader in documentary films on the arts in New Zealand and has directed and produced documentaries for 35 years"

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Roger Horrocks

Roger Horrocks, who is now a director of the company, has been involved in the growth of the New Zealand film and television industries since the 1970s. In addition to his screen credits as writer, he has served on many industry boards (including Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Commission, NZ On Air). In 2004 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the New Year Honours list for his “services to the film and television industries. ” Other awards include the Industry Mentor Award at the 2010 Scriptwriters Awards, the Van Gogh Prize at the 2010 Amsterdam Film Festival, and an award from the Anima Mundi Film Festival in Brazil.

He was founder and Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at Auckland University. Since retiring in 2004 he has retained the position of Emeritus Professor.

He was one of the founders of the Auckland International Film Festival. He has written on many aspects of moving images. Len Lye, his biography of an experimental film-maker, was a finalist in the national book awards in 2002. The books he has co-edited include Television in New Zealand: Programming the Nation (published by Oxford University Press in 2004) and Len Lye (published by the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2000). He helped to create the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, the first New Zealand gallery devoted to an individual artist, and he continues to be involved in the activities of the Centre.