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 in Wellington 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 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 top practitioners including Nikki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country), Gaylene Preston (My Year With Helen), Rachel Perkins (Radiance, Jasper Jones) and James Napier Roberston ( I’m Not Harry Jensen, The Dark Horse).
Kirsty was picked by the New Zealand Film Commission that same year as part of their Accelerator program for emerging film makers to be a participant in the Melbourne International Film Festival and to take part in a workshop with Cate Shortland (Somersault).
In 2020 Kirsty is developing a forth short film and elevated genre feature, with director and script consultant Greg King.
‘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 production development 2021)
‘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.