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Here the Wild Things Are

A global race to discover the weird and wonderful wild hidden in our city streets.

For one weekend each year, Aotearoa enters a high-stakes global competition that sees thousands of ecologists and enthusiasts scour cities to take as many photographs as possible and hopefully discover new species. While it’s a playful quest for many, New Zealand’s ecologists see it as an opportunity to climb an international leaderboard. But the game changes when it poses a bigger question: can these snapshots contribute to saving the planet, one photo at a time?

About the Filmmakers

Director: Kelly Gilbride

Kelly Gilbride is an award-winning creative producer and director. Previous work includes music videos, theatre productions and the award-winning RNZ 5-part podcast and documentary series The Elephant in the Bedroom, the noted short documentary Asian Men Talk About Sex and the RNZ/The Wireless short documentary Messages To Your Younger Self.

Producer: Madison Smith

With a Bachelor of Communication Studies, Madison has gained over a decade of diverse industry experience across roles in production, art department and post-production. She has worked across different formats on both international productions and NZ local favourites. A 2019 recipient of the Emerging Producer’s workshop (New Zealand Film Commission, SPADA and WIFT NZ), she has gone on to produce music videos, short films and documentary.