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Gaylene Barnes

Born in Invercargill, New Zealand. Currently living in Christchurch.
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Seven Rivers Walking - Feature Documentary 2017

An intimate portrayal of the struggles around water in Canterbury. Premiered at the NZIFF 2017 to a capacity audience at the Lady Isaac Theatre Royal (800+)

Hikoi for the Waikirirkiri - Short Documentary 2016

Over four days in September 2016, a passionate group of local residents walked the length of the Selwyn Waikirikiri River, from Whitecliffs to Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere. The Selwyn Waikirikiri River is one of New Zealand’s most polluted waterways, according to a recent survey. These people are walking for change, they walk to raise awareness about the poor health of this river.

The Mobile Meat Processing Unit - Short Film 2012

Mary and her lamb Snowy's encounter with a high-tech meat processing truck on their idyllic family farm. A story about greed and sacrifice.

Coasters - 10 x 1/2 hr Television Lifestyle 2010-11

Steve Logan travel's the coasts of New Zealand and talks to the people who live and work there. [Post-production Director]

The Grand Plan - 3 x 1 hr Television Lifestyle 2010-12

Four restaurantuers take on the challenge of renovating a heritage building into a top class restaurant, but get more than they bargained for when it is seriously damaged by two major earthquakes.

NZ Stories - Television Short Documentary x 1 2011
IThe Midwife Man - a story about South Island's sole male midwife.
Earth Whisperers - Feature Documentary 2008

Directed five participants in the field. Editor

Million Dollar Tumour (Field Director) 2007

Dave Bowman's struggle to get the drugs he needs to fight his brain tumour.

Hunger for the Wild - Hare 2007

Steve Logan and Al Brown wander the hills of the Awatere valley in search of the tasty hare to make meatballs. (Top rated show that week.)

Beautiful Inside and Out - Documentary 2004

Three women struggling with an eating disorder and the help they receive through Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch. A tragic story about a serious illness that contributed to the death of one of the young women.

The World at my Fingertips - Documentary 2004
A high-tech Sensory Room in Christchurch offers hope for children with autism and other sensory disabilities.
Wannabes - Music Videos 2002-5
Talented teenagers star in their own music video, in a pop talent quest.
Mothers Day - Short Film 2005
Short Thriller Film about a grieving mothers vengeful retribution. What do we do with rage?
The Holes of History - Short Film 2001
A short experimental piece about the lost spaces of time...  


Christchurch Dilemmas  – Web Documentary series x 30 2016
Hautu - Feature Drama 2016
A stage play about a peacemaker.
The Art of Recovery - Feature Documentary 2015
Editor. Rising from the ruins of Christchurch, a dynamic group of innovators is bringing creative heart back to the streets of the city.
East to East - Feature Documentary 2016
Four young folk from Aranui take on the Coast to Coast challenge.
NZ Stories - The Midwife Man 2011
A male midwife and his clients tell their story.
Christchurch International Airport Installation 2010
6 massive screens with a simultaneous edit across all screens play in an 8 minute loop for 24 hours. Filmed in 4K.
Coasters - Television Lifestyle x 7 Eps 2010
Al Brown travels the coastline of New Zealand meeting great characters with great stories.
Pounamu - Documentary 2010
The story of New Zealand greenstone.
Hunger for the Wild - Television Lifestyle x 24 eps 2005-8
Two great chefs, wild food and plenty of adventure.
[Winner 'Best Lifestyle Series' NZ Film and Television Awards]
Barefoot Cinema - Documentary 2008

Alun Bolllinger - his art, his film and his special life in Reefton.
[Winner Best Directing Documentary NZ Film Awards]

Earth Whisperers Papatuanuku - Documentary 2008
A feature documentary about ten environmentalists.
He Oranga, He Oranga Healing Journeys - Documentary 2007
A feature documentary about eleven cancer surivors.
Tau Te Mauri / Breath of Peace - Documentary 2005
A feature documentary about eight New Zealand peace-makers.
Out of Sight / Out of Mind - Documentary 2004

A one hour documentary following the story of Norm Madden who was incarcerated at the age of six in Templeton Hospital in the 30's, and his fight fro justice.
"They saved the best til last with last night's documentary..."

(Nominated for "Best Editing - Documentary" at the NZ Screen Awards 2005.)

When Sharks Attack - Documentary 2005
Forensic evidence of shark attacks are presented in this one hour doco for BSkyB in the UK.
The Waimate Conspiracy - Promo 2004
Drama/doco about a small South Island township facing their history.
Inside Out x 8 2004
Several half-hour episodes on disabilities for TVONE,
Good Old Sex - Documentary 2003
All about sex over 60... x 12 2001/3
Childrens comedy proramme about a teenager and her slightly off-the-wall family.
Open Doors x 8 1996
Several half-hour community driven episodes for TV3
Child Cancer 1996
About several children with cancer and how they and their families cope.  


Kaitangata Twitch by Margaret Mahy 2009

On-Set Art Director

Yellow Pages 2005

TVC Art Director - AK

New World 2004
TVC Art Director - ORLY's
Meet Me in Miama 2003
Feature Film Production Designer - Palm Tree Productions
Scarfies 1998
Feature Film Production Designer - Nightmare Productions
(Nominated for "Best Production Designer" in the 2000 Nokia NZ Film Awards)
Signing Off 1994
Short Film Production Designer - Nightmare Productions
The Bads - Music Video


Art Director - Shuriken: Driftwood stage on the beach