Profile

Documentary filmmaking is at the heart of Bushcraft’s business.

Now incorporated as a limited liability company, filmmaker Jennifer Bush-Daumec has been trading as Bushcraft since 1988 in New Zealand. She’s worked in over 16 countries with 35mm, 16mm, SP Beta, Digibeta and DV formats; had responsibility for managing teams of up to 40 people and budgets of up to NZ$6.4 million; and filmed in a range of locations. Attention to detail, bringing projects in on schedule and on budget, are hallmarks of her organisational skills.

Since Jennifer first began working in the screen production industry in 1980 in London her passion has been for documentary filmmaking. Her experience and expertise in both creative and organisational roles provide the base from which she expands her horizons, through her own storytelling or through working alongside New Zealand’s leading filmmakers.

Her special interest is in the telling of personal stories that offer insights into the many different worlds that surround us and affect us. Cultural identities and journeys feature in many of the stories she has directed for New Zealand television, French television and The Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia.

Lands of Our Fathers — My African Legacy, an international feature documentary which premiered in March 2005, is the first of the company’s own projects.

Pō ki te Pō / Night after Night / Jede Nacht wieder is the second of the company’s own projects to be completed, made for Maori Television to screen on Anzac Day 2008.

Jennifer was born in the UK, grew up in Africa, spent her late teens in Paris before adopting New Zealand as her home in the mid-80s. She is bi-lingual in French / English and a skilled teacher / trainer / communicator.