Tom Hern

Since moving behind the camera in 2008, Hern has produced five feature films and has another in post-production.

One, the micro-budget, privately-funded, whodunit-thriller, I'm Not Harry Jenson, which was released theatrically in New Zealand to critical acclaim in 2009.

Two, the eerily-provocative, festival-darling, Everything We Loved (Dir. Max Currie)

Three, The Dark Horse, the gritty-based-on-a-true-story-drama which launched at Toronto International Film Festival, to glowing reviews, sales to all major territories and, eventually, Oscar-buzz for Cliff Curtis’s transformative performance in the film. The Dark Horse won a number of awards at top film festivals (including Audience Award wins at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the San Francisco, Seattle and Palm Springs Film Festivals) and was a Box Office smash in its home territory.

Four, Pork Pie, a modern, rollicking length-of-New Zealand-road-movie reimagining of the 1980's kiwi hit, Goodbye Pork Pie.

Five, the high-octane action-comedy, Guns Akimbo, which launched at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019 (starring Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving).

Six, Shadow in the Cloud, a gripping action-horror that won the TIFF 2020 Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award (starring Chloë Grace Moretz and directed by Roseanne Liang).

As lead producer of The Dark Horse, Hern won the Moa-award for "Best Film" at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards. In 2015, he was recognised as a Future Leader of the industry by Screen International (in their special Cannes Edition) and sat on the international jury for the Berlin Film Festival (Generation Section). In 2016, Hern won the pitching prize at the MIFF 37 Degrees South market in Melbourne.

Hern is currently co-writing and producing a new based-on-a-true-story-drama series entitled, The Panthers.

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Name Tom Hern

Company 4 Knights Film