• 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 …

  • Binger Lab - Amsterdam

    Departing Denmark-land

    Have departed Denmark and the extraordinary time editing with Molly Stensgaard (editor of Melancholia, Dancer in the Dark etc) and now juggling two huge drives containing the latest cut of the film MAORI BOY GENIUS, on numerous flights. New Zealand and summer here I come…  

  • India…

    2011 and feeling very positive about the year ahead…. just making the bookings for the first block of filming in India in February for the new documentary, yet to be named.