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Rebecca is an independent filmmaker who draws on a long career in storytelling to create factual and factual-based films. Her first documentary feature Crossing Rachmaninoff demonstrated her ability to create compelling, emotionally engaging arts-based stories that transcend their subject matter. Her short film eden (2009) screened in festivals in New Zealand, Africa and Australia. She has also written drama for television. In addition to her film work Rebecca is a journalist and an internationally published author of non-fiction work. The Heart Dances is her second feature documentary film.

Robin Laing

Robin has more than 30 years' experience in developing and producing feature films, shorts, documentaries and television programmes with a range of directors including Gaylene Preston, Niki Caro, Christine Jeffs and Shirley Horrocks. Features include The Vintner’s LuckBread and Roses and War Stories. Most of her documentary credits are arts-focused, covering subjects such as Len Lye (A Flip and Two Twisters, selected for the Paris Biennale 1995), Colin McCahon (Victory Over Death), Allen Curnow, art collectors and contemporary women artists.

Simon Raby
Director of Photography

Simon is an award-winning cinematographer whose experience spans studio and independent feature films, documentary, television and short film. His long list of film credits includes Mortal Engines, KrampusDeathgasmKim Dotcom: Caught in the WebGiselleDistrict 9The Lord of the RingsElysium and Predicament. He also worked with Rebecca Tansley on her first documentary feature Crossing Rachmaninoff. Simon won a Gold Award for The Heart Dances in the 2018 New Zealand Cinematographers Society Awards.

Laetitia Belen
Second camera/Gimbal operator
Thomas Gleeson

Thomas is an editor and filmmaker whose long-form, factual editing work in NZ and the UK has included projects for National Geographic, Discovery US, BBC and Al Rayann Qatar as well as the feature documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff. His own award-winning documentary short, Home, played in festivals around the world. 

Flavio Villani

Additional music

Flavio is a pianist and composer from Italy, now resident in New Zealand. He has collaborated with many internationally renowned musicians in New Zealand and overseas and is a member and founder of the Villani Piano Quartet. Flavio has a strong interest in collaboration with arts-based projects. In 2011 he attended the 2011 Venice Biennale to play the piano carved by Michael Parekowhai. In 2015 he was the subject of the documentary feature film Crossing Rachmaninoff. He has also composed music for film and dance. Flavio has a Master in Piano Performance from the University of Auckland and is shortly to commence his doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Canterbury.