• Spring and Tribeca

    En route to my film’s last screening at Tribeca Film Festival in New York I walked through the spring of Central Park. And a little boy came to show me the mosquito he’d caught, in a jar, that he was feeding a tulip flower. I asked …

  • Pietra with Guo Pei

    Yellow is Forbidden at Tribeca Film Festival in New York

    Tribeca Film FestivalA radio interview today. “Yellow is Forbidden, has just become the first New Zealand film to screen in competition at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York.The documentary focuses on the extraordinary story of Chinese fashion designer, Guo Pei, the daughter of a …

  • Pietra Brettkelly in Afghanistan filming A Flickering Truth. Photo/ Jacob Bryant.

    Metro Profile – Oct 2017

    A profile story has been published in the September- October 2017 issue of Metro. Here are the introductory paragraphs. To read the full story click here or on link at the bottom. “World vision Film-maker Pietra Brettkelly travels the globe, surmounting financial and other obstacles to …

  • Guo Pei - Yellow is Forbidden

    The Guo Pei story

    “A new film by New Zealand film maker Pietra Brettkelly chronicles the life and work of fashion designer Guo Pei – it’s called Yellow is Forbidden – currently in post production. Guo Pei – whose clients include Beyonce and Rihanna – is based in Beijing and …

  • A Flickering Truth

    A Flickering Truth

    About ‘A Flickering Truth’ Andrew Pulver, from The Guardian says: Here is an outstanding film from the New Zealand director Pietra Brettkelly that starts off slowly, but builds into a revelatory document about Afghanistan and its current travails. Its unlikely vehicle is the attempt to restore and …

  • NEW ZEALAND FILM FESTIVAL

    Have loved being at the q and a of my film screening as part of the NZ Film Festival. Tauranga and Hawkes Bay coming up. And also sending off funding applications for my next film tentatively titled FLICKERING TIME BOMB, that I’ll start filming in October …

  • Sydney Film Festival over… Sheffield Doc/Fest here I come

    Just had two sold-out screenings of Maori Boy Genius at Sydney Film Festival. And a standing ovation. Humbling business. Wore a great gold frock my mum had made me which gave me strength, though I could see her in the audience watching me nervously as I …

  • Variety Reviews Māori Boy Genius

    Variety Reviews Māori Boy Genius

    Variety Reviews Māori Boy Genius: What if some shrewd filmmaker had recognized Barack Obama’s boyhood promise and documented the birth of his political consciousness as a teen? In “Maori Boy Genius,” documaker Pietra Brettkelly (“The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins”) may well be profiling New …

  • A prisoner in the roof….

    Drama this morning. I’m with a friend of mine, in Hamilton (1/5 hours south of my home in Auckland) for her radiation treatment. We turned up this morning at the hospital were put in a room while prison guards and police searching for a runaway prisoner …