Zöe is like a magpie on crack when it comes to hunting down unique characters for her films. She’s in her element rolling among the homeless, performance-directing one of New Zealand’s most notorious gangsters, and hanging out in boxing gyms and caravan parks where she discovered her main cast for her latest award winning short The World in Your Window.  

Her genuine love of people and her background in documentary gives her work an authenticity, depth and nuance.  

Graduating from Ilam School of Fine Arts, Zöe entered the industry with her international acclaimed feature length documentary Lost in wonderland. She went on to write and direct her first dramatic short film ‘Day Trip’, which won awards at Clermont Ferrand, Montreal and Mexico. 

Her most recent short film The world in your window is a heartwarming tale of grief, family and circumstance and was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at the 2017 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and won Best International Short Film at; Melbourne, Flicker Fest, Short Shorts Asia, Tahiti Film Festival and Vancouver Women in Film International Film Festival. It is now Oscar accredited for 2019.

Zöe works as a commercial director for The Sweetshop shooting campaigns for a host of major brands, including ALDI, Cadbury, Sky TV, Spark, ASB and Spark. Zoe was named Cannes Lions Young Director of the Year in 2013 and she judged the 2017 D&AD Awards. 

She has represented New Zealand at the Berlinale Talent Campus, Melbourne’s prestigious Accelerator program and has received a host of awards for her directing; Winning best director at Show me Shorts and a finalist for the South Pacific Pictures Award, for Achievement in Film, 2018.