Casting since 1985 – from TV commercials to International Feature Films.
Kia ora koutou katoa,
I’m supposed to have a story here but suffice to say I’ve also enjoyed a few forays into acting, directing and choreography however I always return to casting where I can utilise skills learned in the theatre and film industries over many decades.
My following portfolio features drama highlights that have been captured on internet.
First Feature Film: Te Rua 1991 – Directed by Barry Barclay and produced by our grandfather of the NZ Film Industry, John O’Shea. An unforgettable experience as I called on whanau to fill roles and made ever lasting friendships as careers were launched.
Television commercials would number into the thousands and I can’t even recall the very first one.
Most memorable TV commercial: has to be the Lotto dancers in 1987. “We’re in the money” One of the biggest TVC productions of the time. Filmed in a real theatre with dozens of dancers. I’m pleased to say that by the time we made the second “Happy Days”, we’d signed the cast up to Equity.
PAANUI/ CURRENT NEWS
Nau mai hoki mai,
It’s been too long since I updated this website in 2019 and since then I’ve cast various TV series ‘Almost Paradise’ shot in the Philippines, a Docu-drama ‘Mothers of the Revolution’ written and directed by extraordinary film maker Briar March with producer Leela Menon of GFC. That was quickly followed by another strong team of women lead by Megan Jones in creating the dramatised documentary ‘Six Angry Women’.
2020 started with a stream of productions lined up beautifully through the year but Covid Lockdown put paid to the perfect plans. I was kept busy with TV series VEGAS, shot entirely on location in Rotorua, and the Feature Films MURU shot in Tuhoe territory and the epic WHINA. All have a reasonable Te Reo content which bodes well for the future of this country and future generations.
2021 started with a Netflix film – THE ROYAL TREATMENT, currently in production in Dunedin. Nga Pou Whenua, a Co-lab with Australian Indigenous film makers, has resumed production after I started the casting in 2019. It became a victim of Covid 19 last year as did many other projects. The effect of the pandemic on our industry caused hardship for some but our members are tenacious and we’ve recovered well.
I wish you all good health and peace of mind during this time of Rāhui as our nation continues to live in a form of Lockdown be it level three or one. It’s good to be part of a people who place kindness and fairness ahead of their own fears.
Piki te ora, piki te kaha, piki te manawanui.
ma te wa na Christina Asher
Check out other websites and IMDB which is not so accurate but at least has some records.