Kathleen Gallagher is well known as a poet, playwright and author of radio dramas, with extensive experience and success in these fields. She has had three collections of poetry published—'Tara' (1987), 'Gypsy' (1993) and 'Twilight Burns The Sky' (2001). She has been writing plays for theatre since 1984. Kathleen received the New Zealand Playwrights Award in 1993. In 1996 her radio play 'Charlie Bloom' was a finalist in the New Zealand Radio Awards and the New Zealand Media Peace Awards. Her first collection of plays 'Mothertongue' with Women’s Action Theatre (WAT) was published in 1999 by Publishing Giant Press, Christchurch. Her second collection 'Peace Plays' was published in 2002—one of these plays 'Hautu' was written especially for the Chrysalis Seed arts festival (2002)—and a thirty-three minute documentary 'Peaceful Pacific', in 2004. Her first short film 'Jimmy Sullivan' was launched at the Academy Cinema, Christchurch, in 2000.
This interview, however, features her work as a filmmaker. It focuses on her film Tau Te Mauri/Breath of Peace (2005) and explores the stories behind the film’s production. Kathleen shares her personal motivation, inspiration and the people and places that influenced her, both in life and in the making of this dynamic film...
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