Richard is a producer and film executive with considerable production, film-financing and co-production experience.
For Libertine Pictures, Richard most recently produced the first NZ/China feature co-production Into the Rainbow and is an Executive Producer of The Changeover currently in post-production. In 2015 he was an Executive Producer of the documentary Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses and the National Geographic factual TV series Wild Survivor. Prior to establishing Libertine Pictures he founded Liberty Films and his producing credits included the Fox-released Walking With Dinosaurs 3D, The Last Ocean, Te Mana O Te Moana, the New Zealand box office hit Boy, Under the Mountain and UK and German co-productions Tracker, The Strength of Water and River Queen.
Richard worked at the New Zealand Film Commission for three years as Head of Business Affairs. Films financed by the Commission during that time included Whale Rider, In My Father’s Den and Rain. Before this he worked in distribution in Australia for Beyond Films and the UK for the Feature Film Company.
He is a former president of the New Zealand Producer’s Association (SPADA) and is a member of the New Zealand Film Commission NZSPG Certifying Panel.
Neil is an internationally-acclaimed and award-winning screenwriter and novelist.
He is the creator and sole writer of the multi-award-winning BBC crime thriller Luther, starring Idris Elba, which screens in more than 160 territories worldwide. He also wrote the 2013 international hit film Mama and was lead scriptwriter for the acclaimed Series 6 and Series 7 of the BBC spy drama Spooks.
Neil writes for the screen in both Britain and the United States. Current or recent projects include two episodes of Doctor Who, a hugely successful third and final series of Luther and the forthcoming Crossbones, an historical action-adventure series for NBC starring John Malkovich. His feature projects include a new adaptation of Day of the Triffids for Sam Raimi, and Midnight Delivery with Guillermo del Toro and Kevin Costner.
He is the author of several novels including Always the Sun, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize, Burial and Captured, as well as the best-selling memoir Heartland, which was short-listed for the PEN/Ackerley Prize for literary autobiography of excellence. His most recent novel, Luther: The Calling, was published in 2011.
Neil was included in Variety magazine’s prestigious list of “10 Screenwriters to Watch”.
Head of Development
As Head of Development Emily manages the development slate with responsibility for finding and nurturing new talent and ideas.
Before joining Libertine Pictures Emily was a freelance script consultant based in Auckland. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2010, Emily was based in London where she was an executive at the New Cinema Fund of the UK Film Council. She was responsible for a diverse slate of projects including the BAFTA nominated films Submarine and The Arbor, as well as working on Chatroom and Tyrannosaur. Emily was involved in the set-up of the low budget film studio Warp X, and overseeing the feature films produced through this initiative, including A Complete History of My Sexual Failure, Donkey Punch, and Bunny and the Bull. In addition she managed the UKFC’s short film programme, and set-up training programmers.
Emily has also worked as a freelance script editor and assessor, at MTV Networks and at Creative New Zealand.
Head of Literary Acquisitions
Nadya was a strategic business consultant to the New Zealand Book Council following an early career in newspaper journalism in New Zealand, a decade in book publishing in London and several years as a communications consultant back in Wellington. At Pan Macmillan in the UK, she was responsible for marketing the Picador list for many years and was Marketing Director for the group for four years. Her publishing experience spans the literary and the commercial, from Don De Lillo, Cormac McCarthy, Colm Toibin, John Banville, Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient and Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones to international hits including Bridget Jones’s Diary and the novels of Jackie Collins, Ken Follett, James Herbert and Wilbur Smith.
Before establishing Libertine Pictures, Paul was a freelance producer and executive producer, with credits including Sione’s Wedding, The Tattooist, We’re Here to Help, My Wedding and Other Secrets, Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business and The Last Ocean.
Prior to this Paul was President of Worldwide Marketing at London and LA-based Intermedia, working on films including Academy Award nominated Iris and Hilary and Jackie; Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity, Sweet and Lowdown, and Small Time Crooks; Enigma, The Quiet American, Adaptation; K19: The Widowmaker and The Wedding Planner.
Paul also worked in sales and marketing at London-based film sales agents Majestic Film and Television and Gavin Film. Before this he worked in sales and distribution at New Zealand-based Mirage Films.