Map Films is a New Zealand independent production company. As writers, producers, directors and executive producers, the principals have a slate of acclaimed short films, including The Dig (official selection Cannes 1994). MAP's controversial first feature For Good was praised for its acting and emotional impact.

Our company vision is to create entertaining, commercial and powerful cinema.

MAP's three directors are Stuart McKenzie, Neil Pardington and Miranda Harcourt.

Stuart McKenzie

Stuart McKenzie
Stuart's debut feature, psychological thriller For Good screened at the 2003 Montreal Film Festival and was selected for competition in the Critics Choice section of the 2004 Paris Film Festival. Stuart has recently conceived and directed a 10-part observational documentary series called Tough Act for TV2. He has produced, written and directed several acclaimed short films, including The Mouth and the Truth (Best Short Film, 1991 New Zealand Film & TV Awards), Ends Meat (voted Best Film by the staff of the 1992 London Film Festival), Snap (Official Selection, 1995 Clermont-Ferrand), Chinese Whispers (finalist, 1996 Asia Pacific Film Festival) and Voiceover (Best Short Film, 1997 NZ Film & TV Awards). Stuart has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University, Wellington. He is the 2000 Bruce Mason Sunday Star Times playwrighting fellow. His plays include The Joffongract, The Rapist Over Suzannah, True, Portraits, Flowers from My Mother's Garden (published by Penguin Books) and Double Beat.


Neil Pardington

Neil Pardington
In 1994, Neil's short drama The Dig was selected for screening in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. This built on the success of Neil's previous short The Mouth and the Truth, winner of Best Short Film at the 1991 NZ Film & TV Awards. Neil has since produced, written and directed a number of acclaimed short films, including Losing Sleep (Official Selection, Goteborg 2001) and Chinese Whispers (finalist, 1996 Asia Pacific Film Festival). In 2002 Neil produced his first feature film – psychological thriller For Good, which premiered at Montreal Film Festival in 2003. Neil is a celebrated New Zealand photographer, with his work featuring in prominent private and public gallery collections. Neil has participated in major public exhibitions, including 'Pua Wai o Ngai Tahu', Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; 'Public/Private Tumatanui/Tumataiti: The 2nd Auckland Triennial', Auckland Art Gallery and 'Telecom Prospect 2004', City Gallery Wellington. He was the founding director of Eyework Design, which recently merged with Base Two, where Neil is a creative director. Neil has received many awards for his work in design, publishing and exhibition design. Neil studied at Elam School of Fine Arts and has a BFA from University of Auckland. He is of Kai Tahu/Kati Mamoe/Kati Waewae Maori and Pakeha descent and lives in Wellington with his wife, Architect Amelia Minty.


Miranda Harcourt

Miranda Harcourt
Miranda Harcourt is a graduate of Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School and one of new Zealand's best-known actors, gaining national exposure as a lead in TVNZ's Gloss (1987-89). Committed to making her own work, Miranda has initiated a number of touring theatre shows, including Kaz - A Working Girl, Children of a Lesser God and Oracles and Miracles. In 1990 Miranda was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and spent a year at the Sesame Institute at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Miranda and husband Stuart McKenzie formed the Community Theatre Trust in 1992 to produce and tour theatre. Successful national and international tours include, Verbatim and Touch and Go (co-written with William Brandt), Portraits and Flowers from My Mother's Garden (commissioned by the 1998 NZ Festival of the Arts and published by Penguin Books). Miranda is also an acclaimed theatre director. Her 1999 production of Much Ado About Nothing for Downstage Theatre won Best Production at that year's Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Her most recent production The World's Wife was a sell out success at the 2002 NZ Festival of the Arts. Miranda's first short film Voiceover won Best Short Film at the NZ Film and TV Awards. She is currently Head of Acting at Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School. In 2002 she was awarded an ONZM for her work in theatre and the community.

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