Journey of a Story

Key people involved in the project:

Kay Rayner
Kay RaynerJourney of a Story is Kay's tribute to her father George. Kay began creatively in earnest in 2008 with the publication of the first of her children's books, The Pipsies Volume 1. Volume 2 followed in early 2009. Kay has taken on the role of executive producer, overseeing all elements of production as well as being the principal driver and organiser through all fundraising efforts



Chantal Rayner-Burt
ChantalGraduating from Auckland University with honours in Film & Television, Chantal has a passion for film and has taken on the role of writer/director for several projects.

Chantal wrote and directed her first feature in 2006, followed by two shorts scripts in 2008 and 2009. Journey of a story is her second feature script.



Jonathon Rayner-BurtJonathon
Jonathon is something of a jack of all trades on the creative front. Jonathon is most often in the role of producer, however has had a brief stint at directing. His design and traditional illustration background allows him to apply himself to many aspects of film production, from storyboarding to art department duties.

Journey of a Story is Jonathon's second foray into directing after One too many zeros, a comedy short shot in 2009.


Key Personnel and department HODs

Edward Rayner
EdwardEarthwire Productions company director Edward Rayner offers support and location and costume scouting.






Dimi NakovDimi
Dimi is Director of Photography for Journey of a Story. With several years experience across a number of television shows, commercials and shorts, Dimi is working hard to give the film a flavour of cinematography that suits Journey's tone and colour.

Dimi's YouTube channel



Sean Hurst
Production designer
Sean bought his extensive skills as a designer and fabricator to the table, coordinating many of the styles seen in Journey of a Story.

Celeste Strewe
HOD Make-up
Celeste is building an extensive resume of work in Auckland and elsewhere doing excellent make-up work, recreating a very wide range of looks across different decades and locations.

Gary DaverneCari Batenburg
HOD Hair
Cari and her dedicates team provided a fabulous range of authentic period hair styles for the film under quite a variety of challenging conditions.

Gary Daverne ONZM
Gary was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (O.N.Z.M.) in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of his services to music.

Gary's music on the album Youth of Auckland, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, forms the basis of the soundtrack of the film.





The cast was finalised in April 2010.

Bill Leathwick
William senior:

Bill Leathwick

James Crompton
Laurence Burton:

James Crompton

Paul Lewis
William Brown:

Paul Lewis

Angela Franklyn-Lewis
Lily Brown:

Angela Franklyn-Lewis

Ron Brown
Jack senior:
Ron Brown

Paul Trimmer
Actor William:
Paul Trimmer

Duncan Lucas
Dr Pike:
Duncan Lucas

Virginia Frankovich
Maude Smithers:

Virginia Frankovich

Sam Thomas
Actor Jack:
Samuel Thomas

Robyn Worthington
Esther Smithers:
Robyn Worthington

Scott Harding
Scott Harding

Steve Ciprian
Henry Smithers:
Steve Ciprian




Thomas Brown:

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Jesse Allam

Nurse Audrey:

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Lisa Brickell

James, 6 months:

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Hugo Rayner-Burt

James, 6 years

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George Ferrier

James, 3 years:

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Ryan Miller

James, 14 years:

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Jayden James

James, 50 years:

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Colin Buckley

Henry Smithers:

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Steve Ciprian


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Kelly Manning


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James Fletcher

Actor Lily:

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Ursula Williams


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Lutz Ha


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Margareta Lammer


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Natalie Joyce

Mr Mullholland:

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Andrew Birkill

Mrs Mulholland:

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Nichola Gilchrist

American sergeant:

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Jordan Ancel

We couldn't have achieved what we have without a massive amount of support. Our cast and crew were able to provide their time and expertise, and we were also helped by another group of local and national businesses who came to the party with products or services:

  • Cottage Mews Motel
  • Jester’s Pies
  • NZ Camera Hire
  • COSH Bar
  • Blue Seventy
  • The Library Tapas lounge & Reading Room
  • Harper Collins Publishers
  • LusciousCatering
  • Superior Sanitation Pukekohe
  • Marty Deans freelance cameraman
  • Smiley Caravans
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Lincoln Limousines Ltd
  • North Shore Vintage Car Club
  • Sirocco Hair & Beauty
  • Hellers
  • Taxi Trucks
  • Baker’s Delight
  • Revlon New Zealand
  • Bell Tea
  • Appleby Engineering
  • Corbans Arts Estate
  • Lone Star New Lynn
  • Helensville Pioneer Museum
  • Sauce FX
  • Perceptual Engineering



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