Shepherd


Cast:


Olivia Reynolds,
as Eden Green:

This is Olivia Reynolds' debut performance in a feature film.

Her involvement with the project started when she was 12, and the last day of principal photography was at 16 years of age; so, we see her literally grow up on screen.

These days, Olivia is studying at Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch New Zealand.

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Leona Lenore Robinson,
as Sydnie Green:

Leona has appeared in a variety of theatre roles including 'Nellie' in South Pacific, 'Milady de Winter' in The Three Musketeers, 'Pam Lukowski' in The Full Monty and 'Velma Kelly' in Chicago.

Alongside her theatre work Leona has appeared in local commercials as well as promotional videos.

A sought-after choreographer and dance teacher, Leona has choreographed many shows and events, last year she was nominated for a 'Zony' for best choreography for the musical 'Spamolot' and has been nominated for another 'Zony' again this year for best choreography of the musical 'Beauty and the Beast'.

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Peter Elliott,
as Matt Green:

Peter has been an actor, director and writer for thirty five years.

He has worked in New Zealand and Australia appearing in over seventy theatrical productions, including ART, Equus, The Tutor, God of Carnage, Dolls House, for ATC, Rabbit, When the Rain Stops Falling and Threepenny Opera for Silo, as well as numerous productions for the Court Theatre, Downstage and Mercury Theatres.

Peter has appeared in almost the same number of Television, beginning with Erebus the Aftermath in 1985 and including long runs in Gloss and Shortland Street.

He has presented a number of documentary series, including Captains Log, Explorers, and Art of the Architect for TVNZ, and Descent from Disaster - The Ranui Sinking’. Recent TV drama productions include roles in ‘Brokenwood Mysteries, When we go to War, Almighty Johnsons and is currently enjoying delivering the character of Big Mac in the hit series 800Words for Channel 7 Australia.

He has been MC for numerous awards shows, including Air New Zealand Wine Awards and most recently The New Zealand Boat Show.

He writes reviews for Trade a Boat and Kiwirider magazines, the NZ Herald and Destinations.

He is married to Susan Trainor, and has three children, He is a keen fisherman, a Triumph motorcycle rider, and rides Moto-trials on any Sunday.

He is a boardmembers of Equity New Zealand, Baseball New Zealand, and The Outdoors Group. Friday nights he delivers a live radio show about fishing on RadioLive.

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Ian Mune OBE,
as Zane:

On stage and in the wings, in front of and behind the camera, Ian Mune has been a constant presence in our performing landscape for more than four decades.

The face (“pummeled out of dough”) and the unmistakably growly voice have been put to a wide variety of uses.

He is identified with many of the milestones of Kiwi cinema and television as performer, producer, director and writer.

His screen debut was in pioneering drama series Pukemanu (1971), an opportunity also to start developing writing skills.

Ian’s longtime collaboration with Roger Donaldson included Sleeping Dogs, regarded as one of the pivotal moments in New Zealand’s cinematic renaissance.

Ian co-wrote Goodbye Pork Pie, and his feature film directorial debut was another homegrown classic, 1985‘s Came A Hot Friday. Bringing The End of the Golden Weather to the big screen in 1991 was a major personal and public highlight.

Having declined Once Were Warriors, Ian stepped in at short notice to direct the sequel, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? which won nine of its 13 New Zealand Film Awards in 1999 and remains his biggest commercial success.

Most recently Ian showed his documentary skills with Billy T - Te Movie, a widely praised and heartfelt tribute to one of his earliest creative partners, and a top grossing New Zealand release in 2011.

Having made an early decision to set aside the opportunity of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company and return from the UK to “talk my own language”, it is not surprising that Ian has long been a passionate promoter of the telling of our own stories, and of an untrammeled creative environment.

A raft of awards, including an OBE in 1991 for services to Film and Theatre, underline the remarkable impact he has had - and continues to have - in finding our voice and celebrating our culture. In ‘Mune - an Autobiography’, published in 2010, he not only tells the story of a Tauranga farm boy who fell in love with acting, but captures the frustrating, painful, exhilarating and sometimes triumphant business in which he has played such a big part.

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