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Documentary Filmmaker

Justin Pemberton

Justin Pemberton is a documentary filmmaker based in Auckland, New Zealand.

His adaptation of economist Thomas Piketty’s NY Times bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century premièred at Sydney Film Festival in 2019.

In 2016 Pemberton co-wrote and directed a film about rugby player Richie McCaw called Chasing Great. The film topped the New Zealand box office with a record-breaking opening weekend and became the highest grossing New Zealand documentary of all time.

His 2016 interactive documentary I Spy (with My 5 Eyes) investigated the Five Intelligence sharing network.

He was also Executive Producer on the David Farrier documentary Tickled.

He wrote and directed the feature docudrama The Golden Hour, based on the story of New Zealand athletes Peter Snell and Murray Halberg at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

His film The Nuclear Comeback investigated the nuclear power industry’s claim that, as a low carbon emitter, nuclear power is climate-friendly source of energy. The documentary won Best Documentary at Italy’s CinemAmbiente Film Festival in 2008 and Best New Zealand Feature Documentary at the DocNZ Film Festival.

His film Love, Speed and Loss, about Grand Prix road-racer Kim Newcombe, won Best Documentary, Best Editing and Best Directing at the 2007 New Zealand Screen Awards and was awarded Best Arts/Festival Documentary at the 2207 Qantas Television Awards.

He has frequently collaborated with New Zealand musician Anika Moa, directing two documentaries following the singer as well as music videos and photo shoots, including the cover of her 2010 album Love In Motion.

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