Amanda has established herself as one of New Zealand’s most respected costume designers. She has been collaborating with New Zealand filmmakers Taika Waititi and Robert Sarkies since Scarfies in 1998 and most recently on Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows and Sarkies’ Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story. 


Amanda has worked on movies for other New Zealand directors, mostly notably Jane Campion and Peter Jackson. She has assisted costume designer Ngila Dickson and Michael Wilkinson. Amanda began her career working as a set costumer on large studio movies such as Hercules, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Last Samurai. She moved into costume buying for films such as King Kong and Avatar.

Amanda also worked as a costume designer for Steven Spielberg’s 3D animated Tintin and co-designed costumes for Jane Campion’s award-winning television series Top Of The Lake. In late 2014 Amanda worked in Sydney on James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford. After filming Truth, Amanda had the privilege of working on another film starring Robert Redford, Disney’s new adaptation of Pete’s Dragon, directed by David Lowery.

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Filmography

Feature Film & Television

2017 Wellington Paranormal Unit ( Shadows Spin Off ) – directed by Jemaine Clement

2017 Adrift – Directed by Baltasar Kormakur

2016 The Meg - Director Jon Turteltaub

2015 Pete’s Dragon - Director David Lowery

2014 Truth - Director James-Vanderbilt

2014 Consent - Director Robert Sarkies

2012 What We do in Shadows - Director Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement

2012 Top of the Lake - (associate designer) - Director Jane Campion & Garth Davis

2011 Two Little Boys - Director Robert Sarkies

2009 Tintin - VFX Costumier for Weta Digital. Directors Peter Jackson & Steven Spielberg

2009 Boy - Director Taika Waititi

2008 Somewhere We Know – Directed by Jamie Lawernce

2008 Separation City - Director Paul Middleditch

2007 Show of Hands - Director Anthony McCarten

2005 Eagle vs Shark - Director Taika Waititi

2003 For Good - Director Stuart McKenzie

2003 Fracture - Director Larry Parr

1999 Scarfies - Director Robert Sarkies


NZ Costume Supervisor

2017 Wrinkle In Time – (NZ Supervisor) - Directed by Ave DuVernay, Costume Designer, Paco Delgardo

Short Film

2013 Woodville (web series) - Director Georgiana Taylor

2012 Bee (working title) - Director Loren Taylor

2008 Choice Night - Director Christopher Dudman

2008 Handover - Director David Stubbs

2007 Mokapuna - Director Ainsley Gardiner

2006 Fog - Director Peter Salmon

2006 The Shadow of The Sun - Director Rachel Douglas

Feature Film and Television - as costume buyer

2007 Avatar - Costume Designer John Harding

2004 King Kong - Costume Designer Terry Ryan

2003 Without A Paddle - Costume Designer Ngila Dickson

2001 Shearers Breakfast - Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson

1997 Duggan - Television Series 1&3 Costume Designer Gillie Coxhill

Feature Film and Television - as standby costume

2008 The Lovely Bones - New Zealand Stylist Kate Hawley

2003 The Last Samurai - Costume Designer Ngila Dickson

1999-2002 The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy - Costume Designer Ngila Dickson

1998 Hercules, TV Series - Costume Designer Ngila Dickson

Television Commercials

2018 2 Degrees Brand - Finch - Director Fred Bobbsey

2014 Air NZ Inflight safety presentation - Epic Journey - Curious Film, Director Taika Waititi

2014 5 Seeds Cider - Not your ordinary Cider - Prodigy Films, Director Jim Hosking

2013 Interislander -Thick as Thieves, Director Zoe McItosh

2013 Westfield - Born to Give - Exit Films, Director Paola Morabito

2013 New World - Master Butcher - Prodigy Films, Director Steve Hudson

2013 Verizon - Sparklers - Exit Films, Director Garth Davis

2013 Trademe - Family Names - Capital City Films, Director Robert Sarkies

2013 Expedia - Bucket List - Revolver, Director Leo Woodhead

2012 Flooring Xtra - Hoverlion, Director Rollo Wenlock

Accolades

2014 What We do In The Shadows Screen Award nomination

2011 Two Little Boys Screen Award nomination

2009 Boy Screen Award nomination

2005 Fracture Screen Award accolade

1999 Scarfies Screen Award nomination

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