THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE
NIKI CARO (Director)
As director and screenwriter, Niki Caro, is one of the most successful
filmmakers to emerge from New Zealand.
After completing a BFA at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, New Zealand as
well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Film from Swinburne in Melbourne, Australia,
Ms. Caro wrote and directed a number of highly acclaimed short films. Sure to
Rise screened at the 1994 Cannes International Film Festival, and Footage was
shown at the 1996 Venice International Film Festival. Her first feature film,
Memory & Desire, focused on a Japanese married couple and was selected for
Critics Week at the 1998 Cannes International Film Festival. It went on to win
four New Zealand Film and Television Awards, including Best Film.
Her second feature film, Whale Rider, explored the Maori community of Whangara
on New Zealand's East Coast, and made an impact globally. Whale Rider was seen
by millions of people and won over two dozen prizes around the world, including
top honors at film festivals including Toronto (the People's Choice Award),
Sundance (the Audience Award), Rotterdam, San Francisco, Maui, and Seattle (Best
Film). The film's star Keisha Castle-Hughes received an Academy Award nomination
for Best Actress, at the time the youngest nominee ever in that category.
Ms. Caro next directed North Country, a drama set in the U.S., on the Iron Range
in Northern Minnesota. The film starred Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand,
Sissy Spacek, and Woody Harrelson; Ms. Theron and Ms. McDormand were nominated
for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, at the Academy
Awards, Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA Awards, Critics' Choice Movie Awards,
Satellite Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, among other honors.
Continuing to strive to illuminate real lives and real communities on-screen,
Ms. Caro directed the sleeper hit McFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner. Set in
California's Central Valley, the movie followed an all-Latino cross-country team
She is currently completing directing Anne, a bold and inspired new vision of
the beloved Anne of Green Gables story. The telefilm will commence a new Netflix
series exploring the classic character of Anne Shirley, who will be portrayed by
Irish-Canadian actress Amybeth McNulty, growing up in the 1890s.
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