Christina Asher Casting
Christina Asher Casting

About

Casting since 1985:  
TV Commercials to International Feature Films

Kia ora koutou katoa,

While I’ve enjoyed forays into acting, directing and choreography, I always return to casting where I can utilize my theatre and film skills. After three decades I still feel privileged to see actors at work with directors who know their craft. Bringing the two together remains deeply rewarding.

My First Feature Film:  “Te Rua”, 1991. Directed by Barry Barclay and produced by the grandfather of the NZ Film Industry, John O’Shea. An unforgettable experience where I called on whanau to fill roles,  made everlasting friendships and careers were launched.

TV commercials:  These would number into the thousands; I can’t even recall the very first one.

Most memorable TV commercial:  Has to be the Lotto dancers in 1987s “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 in 2019. Since then I’ve cast various TV series such as ‘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; and ‘Six Angry Women’, a dramatized documentary consisting of another strong team of women lead by Megan Jones.

2020 started with a stream of productions lined up beautifully through the year, but Covid and lock-down interfered. However, I was happily kept busy with the TV series VEGAS, shot entirely on location in Rotorua, and 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 began with a Netflix film, THE ROYAL TREATMENT, currently in post production in Dunedin. Nga Pou Whenua, a Co-lab with Australian Indigenous film makers, resumed production after I started the casting in 2019. It became a victim of Covid-19 as did many 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 lock-down be it level three or level 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

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