‘It was an honor to work with Kirsty on her short film ‘Cold’. She impressed me deeply as a film-maker. Kirsty writes from the core of her truth, and her films possess an authentic, incandescent rage which is both visceral and mesmeric.’
– Matt Sunderland- Writer/Actor/Director, 2018
After obtaining a scholarship to take part in European Act, a three month acting and writing intensive through the London Actors Center in association with RADA, Kirsty took classes in screenwriting with Paul Thompson ( NYU – TISCH) in Paris. It was Paul’s classes that inspired her to gain more skills to write and direct for film.
Kirsty earned her Masters in Creative writing, script stream at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in 2012. She directed two short films in 2014 studying screen production with Tutors Jake Mahaffy (Free In Deed) and Shuchi Kothari, (Firaaq) at the University of Auckland.
In 2016 Kirsty directed and produced her third short film, Cold which premiered at the Sandy Dennis Film Festival (US) in 2018 and was chosen by the New Zealand directors guild in 2016 to be a participant in the inaugural DEGNZ Women’s Film Incubator. The workshops included talks from Nikki Caro, Gaylene Preston, Rachel Perkins, and James Napier Roberston.
Kirsty was picked by the New Zealand Film Commission as part of their Accelerator program for emerging film makers for the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016 and took part in a workshop with Cate Shortland (Somersault).
Kirsty is prepping to direct a forth short film in 2022, script by Suzanne Adamson, after the project received second round status in NZFC Fresh Shorts fund (2020). In 2022 Kirsty is also writing another short, and will continue to find development support for her feature screenplay Harakore/Without Sin, previously submitted to Seed Fund, Film Up, Iris Writers Lab, Sundance (received second round status in 2018), Tribeca All Access and other development programs.
‘Kirsty demonstrated tremendous commitment, courage and intelligence. She is very resilient, a natural leader ‘. – Harry Burton, actor, acting teacher – London (long time associate of Harold Pinter).
Death Priest (short documentary, in development 2022)
‘I consider myself a death priest’.
A short documentary about a man whose life was changed when he answered a job advert in a paper: Mortician wanted. This is a story about an ordinary man who took up the challenge of extraordinary profession. He gives us insight into his incredible, unusual world, and shares his profound prospective on humanity as a result of answering this unique calling.