Brother Number One


Annie Goldson  | Director / Producer / Co-Editor / Co-writer

Annie Goldson has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries, docudramas and experimental film/video for 20 years in the United States and New Zealand. She is known for producing films that are both politically engaged and formally innovative, such as Punitive Damage, released in cinemas in Australia, the US and New Zealand in 1999 and sold to major broadcasters such as HBO-Cinemax, ABC-Aust, ARD (Germany), WTN (Canada) and TVNZ). Another critically acclaimed documentary was Georgie Girl, released in 2002 (sales to Channel 4 (UK), POV (PBS), CBC, SBS, Canalplus and TVNZ). Both titles have also garnered major awards in film festivals.

Annie’s most recent films include; Sheilas: 28 Years On (2004), a history of second-wave feminism in New Zealand; Pacific Solution: From Afghanistan to Aotearoa (2005); Elgar’s Enigma: Biography of a Concerto (2006) and An Island Calling (2008) and her current film, the feature documentary Brother Number One.

Goldson is also a writer and has published articles in books and journals such as The Listener (NZ), Landfall, Screen, Semiotext(e), Social Text, and others. In 2006, her book Memory, Landscape, Dad and Me was released through Victoria University Publications along with a reissue of a DVD of Wake, her 1994 film. She is currently in progress on a book on human rights documentary, After the Fact: Documentary, Human Rights and International Law, which is under contract with Temple University Press.

Annie has also been director of the biannual New Zealand International Documentary Conference held at the University of Auckland since 1996, and is a trustee on the board of DocEdge, the New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival. Annie received her PhD in Film and Television Studies from the University of Auckland and is currently a Professor at the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at that institution.

Annie recieved an ONZM (Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit) in 2006 for her services to film.


Rob Hamill, MNZM | Producer / Main subject / Co-writer

Marathon rowing champion Rob Hamill has been a New Zealand International rowing representative for 16 years.  Rob’s numerous rowing achievements include World Championship silver, Commonwealth gold and a world record on the indoor rowing machine.

Rob represented New Zealand at the Atlanta Olympics and published ‘The Naked Rower’ on how he and Phil Stubbs captured headlines around the world winning the grueling and inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race in 41 days.  He then led teams to successful defenses in the next two editions making it a 3-peat of victories for New Zealand.

Rob is also an events specialist, author, adventurer, motivational speaker, environmentalist, husband and a father of three energetic boys.


James Bellamy | Producer / Co-writer

James Bellamy has worked in the film industry for over 24 years in a variety of roles, primarily as a documentary producer/director on award-winning documentary, arts and lifestyle series. He has completed three documentary features as an independent producer, which has involved him in extensive international production.

He directed and produced Art in the Freezer to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Scott Base in Antarctica. The film was introduced on-air by Sir Edmund Hillary. Given this latter experience and his enthusiasm for longer-form documentary, James is now intending to dedicate himself to projects such as Brother Number One and is currently developing a new project in Myanma (Burma).


Peter Gilbert | Director of Photography / Co-director

Peter Gilbert has had a distinguished career in producing, directing, and photographing documentaries, feature films, commercials, and music videos.

He is one of the filmmakers who made Hoop Dreams, serving as a producer and director of photography. The film won numerous awards including The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Producers Guild of America, Independent Spirit Award, and The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Journalism.

Peter Gilbert is a member of AMPAS, DGA and IATSE 600. He is a director with Workhorse Media, in Los Angeles and New York; and a Board Member of Kartemquin Films, in Chicago.


Jake Bryant | Director of Photography

Jake Bryant has worked on a number of high profile New Zealand and international documentaries including the Sundance winner The Artstar and the Sudanese Twins (dir: Pietra Brett-Kelly) and Barefoot Cinema (dir: Gerard Smyth). He also shot Planet Earth for BBC History, a 7-part documentary series looking at evolution in the Pacific and the feature documentary “Dirty Bloody Hippies”, directed by Dan Salmon. His other shooting credits include Death on the Beach (dir: Justin Pemberton).  He has won awards for his work on the television series Off the Rails (dir: Melanie Rakena) and The Ends of the Earth (dir: Pietra Brett-Kelly). Jake is also a DOP on New Zealand dramas such as Outrageous Fortune and Go Girls.

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James Brown | Editor

James Brown is a director and Apple certified Final Cut Pro Editor with 7 years full time experience in documentary. He owns and runs a small film production company called Branch Out Media which focuses predominantly on social and humanitarian issues. James have produced videos for The Human Rights Commission, The Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand, the South Auckland Poets Collective, Random House and Myspace as well as music videos for numerous New Zealand bands.

James was the editor for "Art in the Freezer" a documentary directed by James Bellamy. Highlights of his career include travelling to Tanzania, Africa for 3 months to shoot "Msanii: Artists of Bagamoyo" a documentary about the role of art in social development and editing Brother Number One.