Photo by Andi Crown photography, Auckland, New Zealand, 2021.

Kirsty feels truly at home on set as an actress and director working to help bring stories to their best iteration on screen.

Her most recent short film, Cold starring Matthew Sunderland premiered at the Sandy Dennis Film Festival, USA, 2018. She recently trained as an acting/drama teacher completing a post graduate degree in 2021.

Kirsty graduated the New Zealand drama School at age 20, and went on to play the lead in Costa Botes feature Saving Grace, for which she received a best actress nomination at the New Zealand Film and Television awards. She has worked extensively as an actor in theater and played numerous roles.

After was chosen for a fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe theater in London in 2007 by the SGCNZ, and graduated from European Act; an acting and screen writing intensive with London Actor’s Center & in association with RADA.

She earned her Masters from the International Institute of Modern Letters in creative writing, script – at Victoria University in Wellington and an Honors Degree in Screen Production in 2016 where she directed her first two short films Kat and Breathe.

In 2021 Kirsty is working with her team to direct her forth short film in 2022 with writer Suzanne Adamson. The screenplay obtained second round status in the NZFC 2020 Fresh Shorts. They are in pre-vis stages and currently seeking a producer.

Kirsty continues to act which feeds into her work as a filmmaker and teacher of acting, writing and drama.

Kirsty Hamilton, Matthew Sunderland, Peter Feeney, on set, 2018.