Crew

Cole Meyers - Series Writer, Co-Producer & Trans Activist

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Rūrangi’s series writer and co-showrunner Cole Meyers is an educator and activist. He works as a consultant on trans and gender diverse narratives and inclusion in film, television, web series and theatre, including at Shortland Street, where he is currently a dialogue writer, and has previously worked as a story-liner. He has been on the board of Same Same But Different LGBTQI Writers Festival, where he has been a speaker and curated spoken word events, and Breaking Boundaries, where he has run workshops on writing, performance and art, and an organiser and script selector for Legacy Project. He works with InsideOUT, including as a writing and performance teacher, and has worked with RainbowYOUTH as an artistic facilitator, exhibition curator and organiser. He is the creator of Gender Diverse Performers Collective, and run workshops on performance and writing. He is a regular speaker and interviewee on trans representation, and is passionately focused on supporting the authentic representation, creative opportunities and powerful potential of gender diverse people.

Max Currie - Series Director, Co-Producer

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Rūrangi’s series director and co-showrunner Max Currie is a writer, director and Berlinale Talent from Auckland, New Zealand. He is responsible for putting more hours of LGBTQ characters and stories on screen than any other writer/director working in New Zealand today. After hosting and directing NZ’s weekly LGBTQ television show Queernation for two years at the age of 21, Max cut his teeth on drama writing full-time for over five years on prime-time serial Shortland Street (TV 2). In 2014, Max went on to write on both seasons of the 1-hour comedy drama series Step Dave (TV 2). Max’s debut feature as writer/director was the 2014 festival darling Everything We Loved (produced by Tom Hern).

Craig Gainsborough - Producer

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Craig has been Producing commercials for a decade, and has shifted focus in recent years to drama. His first documentary, Candles of Aotearoa, was the recipient of a human rights award, and indirectly led to his completing a BComs(Hons) in Documentary Ethics focusing on the rights of participants in NGO advocacy documentary. He then went on to graduate with a first class MA in Creative Producing at The University of Auckland. Since then Craig has produced a number of short films which have had festival success both locally and internationally, including Ten Thousand Days (dir: Michael Duignan), Tide (dir: Adam King), Thicket (dir Julian Vares), Stay (dir: Craig Gainsborough & Luke Thornborough), Put Your Hands Together, Please (K'Rd Stories, Dir: Jane Warren) and The Waiting Room (dir: Ghazaleh Golbakhsh). More recently Craig produced the NZOA funded documentary series Road to Rhythm telling the turbulent story of the formation of the Rhythm and Vines music festival.