Anna Cottrell

Film Director and Producer
Anna Cottrell has worked in the television industry for over 25 years as a news reporter, in current affairs and now works as a director and producer, specializing in that endangered species, the documentary!
Under the banner of her own company AC Productions she has just completed a fourth series of mini-documentaries, Great War Stories that screen on MediaWorks’ Newshub leading up to Anzac Day.
Two documentaries are  in production. The Kiwi, the Knight & the Qashqai involve a Wellington oriental rug repairer, an  interview with Sir David Attenborough and the Qashqai nomads of Iran.
Running for His Life is the story of a young Ethiopian student who arrived here aged 12 speaking no English to join his refugee mother. He won an athletics scholarship to the States and now has an MA in Development Studies. His dream, to represent New Zealand at the Olympics.
On the Anzac theme two previous documentaries were The Last of the Anzacs for TV3 and Children of Gallipoli for TVNZ  and Turkish Television. This featured two young New Zealanders and two Turkish students, all of whose ancestors fought at Gallipoli.
The Whistle Blowers is a documentary about the people we love to hate: referees and umpires, the control freaks of sport. An Abbreviated Life, a finalist at the DOCNZ festival, is the story of a courageous young woman with Cystic Fibrosis determined to outlive doctors’ expectations.
Anna’s awards include the Robert Bell travelling scholarship for television journalism. Her story on China’s One Child Family Policy won a Qantas Media Award and The Baby Chase, about infertility was a finalist at the Banff Documentary Festival. She directed programmes for the Top Shelf series for TVNZ, NZ An Immigrant Nation, a finalist in the Qantas Media Awards. Other awards include grants for an interview series on men who were in the Solomon Islands during World War 2 and an Aid Video on the Solomon Islands Development Trust.
Oral history projects include a series of interviews with New New Zealanders and more recently Women of the Chatham Islands.
Anna is a founding trustee of the Migrating Kitchen Trust helping refugees and migrants share their history, culture and religion on video, in exhibitions and festivals.
Anna has been a board member of Women In Film and Television (WIFT), the Screen Directors Guild (SDGNZ) and is a member of SPADA.  With her interest in education she was on a high school board and is a former chair of a school for students at risk. She enjoys mentoring young film makers.
Her current project is interviewing survivors of the Wahine sinking, 50 years ago.

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