The famous Punakaiki rocks on New Zealand's West Coast were the inspiration behind the naming of our production company. These spectacular natural fountains resemble our creative process - first lay the foundations, then dream big.
Pennie Hunt - Writer/Director
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. Erde, Hölle, Himmel was not only funded by the FFF Bayern, it played to audiences around the world and won 'Best Foreign Short' at the 2014 Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
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.
Stefan Roesch - Producer
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.
When he’s not talking film, he’s plotting film, currently developing two feature film scripts with Pennie. Milk is their third short film production.