Virginia Heath is a multi award winning director with New Zealand and UK nationality. Her short film Relativity (10') won 'Best Short Film' at the Berlin International Film Festival, 2002 and was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards.
Virginia recently won a Cross Media Challenge Award from the National Film Board of Canada to develop 'My Dangerous Loverboy', a cutting edge project for film, web and mobile against the sex trafficking of teenagers.
She directed Point Annihilation (30') in her native New Zealand starring Bruce Hopkins (Gamling in 'Lord of the Rings'), co-produced with Peter Jackson's companies, Weta Digital and Park Road Post.
Point Annihilation screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2005 in 'Cinema des Antipodes', and was selected by
i-Tunes, USA, as one of 3 British shorts to pilot the
i-Tunes film download site.
Virginia currently has several feature film projects in development (see below) including the thriller Mystery Ride set in New Zealand, with development funding from the New Zealand Film Commission; the noir thriller, Pania, a NZ-UK co-production, developed with funding from the NZFC, BFI and MEDIA; and the off beat Lynchian thriller Hades Bridge. Virginia has recently worked for Channel 4 Talent directing 'Inspiration Workshops' for young screen actors.
Her first short Deep Freeze (15) was shown at festivals including London, The Hamptons, Foyle, & New Zealand. Virginia began her career in film as an editor and then moved into directing arts documentaries for Channel 4 TV including Songs from the Golden City on South African jazz heroes, The Manhattan Brothers. Her fiction films explore the themes of sex, love, power, death and desire.
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Current Feature Film Projects
Mystery Ride is a dark, low budget thriller of love and betrayal, driven by the unsolved murder of a hitch hiker that haunts a small town and simply will not go away. Faced with the unexpected death of her husband, Kate Connelly (39) goes back to the rural town where she got married twenty years ago. As she falls in love with Ray, a handsome brooding Maori guy, and her former husband's best friend, she increasingly suspects he murdered the hitch hiker who mysteriously disappeared on the night before Kate's wedding...
Tommy Macleod, a young drifter trying to escape his guilty past, is lured into a dangerous ritualistic game by the mysterious, alluring Hana Wilding, the woman who'll either be the love of his life or the end of it.Psychological thriller set in Hades Bridge, a twisted world of surreal Americana, controlled by a charismatic self made 'Sheriff ' where there's only one rule . there are no rules.
Pania ...love leads you into deep water...
Pania is a stylish neo-noir thriller / love story set in 1930's New Zealand. Two lovers, a disgraced English journalist and a mysterious Maori woman jazz singer, investigate a disputed Maori land claim only to become fatally entangled in a web of passion, political corruption and murder. Developed with support from the MEDIA programme of the European Union, The New Zealand Film Commission, Channel Four Television, the London Production Fund, the British Film Institute, Northern Film and Media.
Love Is Like Vengeance
Revenge/road movie with a twist. Maya, a seemingly innocent young East European woman, is lured into becoming a sex slave by Ray, an older English man. But secretly, Maya is on a dangerous mission for revenge and entices Ray to her cause by gradually revealing the shocking truth of her nightmare past. A powerful and intimate relationship between captor and captive that questions who is enticing whom and where does power really reside?
Lo fi Sci fi movie set in the near future. In a desolate, puritanical world where pleasure has been outlawed, a group of teenage girls in search of kicks are lured by 'lover boys' into the secret Paradise club, only to discover the shocking consequences of nanotechnology gone horribly wrong.
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