A boutique production company specialising in local stories told powerfully, Punakaiki Productions was founded by New Zealand writer/director Pennie Hunt and German-born producer Stefan Roesch. The company is based in Port Chalmers, Dunedin.
A writer/director with a background in the visual arts, Pennie's first film Erde, Hölle, Himmel (Earth, Hell, Heaven) was written and filmed in a small village in the Bavarian Forest, not far from the city of Passau where Pennie lived for 9 years. She has the distinction of being the first New Zealander to receive Bavarian Film Commission funding.
Pennie’s second short Freakwave was represented by the Berlin festival agency ‘Aug & Ohr’and screened at several international A-list festivals, including the 2016 Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Realising her latest short film Milk gave her the opportunity to make her first film with a strong German–New Zealand connection. In June 2019, Pennie received script funding from the New Zealand Writers Guild for her debut feature Riding Blind.
In 2020, Pennie was the first South Island-based director to be selected for the Emerging Female Filmmaker Incubator facilitated by the Directors and Editors Guild New Zealand.
In addition to producing films for Punakaiki Productions Stefan is a leading industry expert in film tourism – work that has taken him around the world as a consultant for national tourism organisations and film commissions such as VisitBritain, VisitDenmark, the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, Film London and Tourism Northern Ireland.
Stefan is also the Director of FilmQuest, a film-inspired travel resource for fans, featuring the world’s iconic film locations, the best on-site experiences and film tourism-related stories.