Award-winning documentary maker; journalist; commentator. All writing, research, review, editing, or reworking. Print, Web, A/V, and television.
Can work outside local area: Yes
Travelled and works throughout New Zealand, Asia, India, US and Europe. Regularly works via electronic media (phone, fax and email) throughout NZ and abroad.
Print; Web; Radio; Television
A journalist/writer and communications consultant with more than 20 years experience in the national and international arenas. As well as extensive work in on-air radio, television network news and print journalism, Allan has written and directed a number of high profile social issues television documentaries and provided scripts for more than a dozen natural history films mainly for international broadcast.
For five years he toured New Zealands least known towns and communities researching stories and characters for the highly popular Heartland television series.
Over the past decade he has been intensively involved in programme development for the international television market, including writing pitches, treatments and outlines, as well as web content development, storyline/script editing and scripting.
He has also developed training and promotional material, press releases, videos, and publications for corporate, academic, governmental and public service bodies including:
University of Otago,
TVNZ Natural History,
Swimming Education NZ,
NZ Surveyors' Institute,
Canterbury Regional Council,
Calder Stewart Industries,
Fulton Hogan Ltd,
Warbirds Over Wanaka,
Ashburn Hall Private Psychiatric Centre.
His specialty is opening complex and/or technical concepts to a general audience. In the past he has worked extensively on topics related to scientific research, social policy, law and health—including autism, cancer, SIDS, mental health, and childbirth and early childhood.
As a result he is experienced in assessing, and providing commentaries on medical, scientific, or technical reports as well as editing, re-writing for clarity and impact, and proof-reading.
Services available cover the full gamut of communications—from feature writing and commentaries through technical writing, or concept development, writing and production of online, audio visual and/or print material.
Member: New Zealand Writers Guild, International Affiliation of Writers Guilds
Newspaper, magazine and television works in NZ and overseas centred particularly on scientific, health, political and social issues, including:
"Aramoana"—TV documentary in which the survivors of New Zealand's worst mass shooting speak out. (Writer/ Director/ Interviewer), 1990/91. Finalist "Best Documentary, 1991 Film & TV Awards". Accolade Award, 1991 Wellington Fringe Film Festival.
"Britten—Backyard Visionary"--TV documentary on the life of visionary inventor John Britten who designed and built the world's fastest motorbike in his backyard. (Writer /Director /Interviewer), 1992/93.
"Ozone: Cancer of the Sky"--natural history TV documentary on the chemistry driving depletion of the Earth's ozone layer. (Writer), 1993. Finalist "Best Script, 1994 New Zealand Film & TV Awards."
"In The Defence of David Bain"--TV documentary special revealing the inside workings of a legal team as they prepare a defence against mass murder charges. (Writer / Director / Camera / Interviewer), 1994.
"Child Cancer--Story of Courage"--TV documentary following families through the peculiarly tragic trials of facing cancer in a child. (Writer / Director/ Camera/ Interviewer), 1994.
"In The National Interest"--5 part TV documentary series examining environmental management. (Writer/Presenter/Interviewer), 1987.
"Battle of the Gunns"--TV documentary on the application of Rudolf Steiner's philosophy to aiding people with intellectual handicaps (Interviewer / Story consultant), 1993.
"Open Door"--8 of 26 part TV documentary series on groups facing challenges in the community, including drug offenders, families dealing with autism, hearing impaired, children without fathers, nuns facing change, and NZs ethnic communities. (Director /Camera/ Interviewer ), 1994.
A Wild Moose Chase"--TV documentary on one man's 25 year search for NZ's lost moose herd (Writer), 1997.
"Wind Born"--TV documentary on the phenomenon of gliding. (Writer), 1996.
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