Jim Marbrook is a filmmaker whose documentaries and short films have won prizes and appeared at festivals all over the world. His short film Jumbo was recognised at the 1999 NZ Film Awards and has screened at festivals and on television here and overseas. His television work has included contributions to Greenstone’s Mercury Lane and Sons for the Road, a documentary that played on TVNZ’s Artsville in 2006. The feature length documentary Dark Horse won Best Feature Documentary at the inaugural DOCNZ International documentary festival in 2005. Another feature length documentary Ko Whanganui te Awa screened on Maori Television in 2006. In 2004 he was recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellowship and through this fellowship completed the documentary Awa Hikoi which screened on TVNZ in 2005.
In 2007 Jim was the Pacific Media Centre’s Journalist in Residence in New Caledonia in 2007/8 and began working on his current documentary Cap Bocage, which is due for release in early 2011. A longer documentary work – Duty of Care – a collection of personal stories from New Zealand’s now-abandoned psychiatric institutions – will be released
later in 2011.
Jim teaches Screen Production in the School of Communication Studies, AUT University and trained at Concordia University Film School in Montreal, . He is highly respected for his compelling and sensitive portrayal of important and complex subjects, including environmental issues and mental health.
Screenings of Jumbo and Cap Bocage at SPARK 2010 offer a taste of the range and quality of Marbrook’s work.
Jumbo 15min 35mm.
Vfilms and NZFC/Screen Innovation Fund. Written and Directed by Jim Marbrook. Produced by Jim Marbrook, Anna Marbrook and Heather Lee. With Stephen Papps, Mark Clare and Celia Nicholson. Director of Photography – Simon Raby. Sound – Dick Reade. Music – Neill Duncan
An idiosyncratic guest, Odlin, has taken up residence in the garage in Ricky’s home. But when the pressure goes on, Ricky’s girlfriend is in no hurry to see him go. A ménage a trois with hardly any ménage.
A Kanak community group on the main island of New Caledonia reacts to attempts by a mining company to clean up an ecological disaster.