Brent Macpherson Ė leading Deaf international filmmaker
Brent Macpherson has always wanted to be a filmmaker and actor. He got his first taste of professional acting when he scored the lead role in the highly acclaimed theatre show A Spectacle of One. Theatre critics called his debut ďa stroke of geniusĒ and he received immediate recognition as a superb actor. He subsequently landed the lead role of Hank Williams in the short film Iím So Lonesome I could Cry, which was selected for Cannes Film Festival.
Representation followed with New Zealandís renowned talent agent Karen Kay and this resulted in acting roles in the Shortland Street and Plainclothes television series, and also in a TV commercial. While Brent was acting, he also achieved a university degree in psychology to complement his natural acting skills.
A natural leader, Brent went on to fill a senior management role at the Deaf Association of New Zealand (now known as Deaf Aotearoa) and was responsible for up to 18 staff. Under his management, 50 per cent of his staff were Deaf Ė an achievement he's proud of and which he says was in the best interests of the Deaf community.
At this time there was a surge of Deaf filmmakers who were becoming more active in the mainstream film industry and were keen to showcase their work highlighting sign language. As a result of the growing interest in the Deaf community, Brent founded the New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival, regarded as a significant event. Brent also travelled around the world to watch films produced by Deaf filmmakers and this inspired him to establish his own production company, Stretch Productions.
Stretch Productions was founded in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength. Brent's strong business sense and creative mind are evident in the documentaries, award-winning short films, TV commercials and corporate videos he has produced and directed along with providing resources for Government departments.
Brent was nominated by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) to attend a one week workshop. He has run several acting and film production workshops for participants in NZ and abroad. Recognised as a natural presenter, he enjoys teaching Deaf and Hearing people all aspects of filming.
Brentís desire to expand into feature films resulted in the formation of Stretch Motion Pictures. In collaboration with 3D cinematography specialists Shotz Productions, Brent is developing Silent Fear, a multimillion dollar feature film Silent Fear. This block buster, written by Lance & James Morcan, of Morcan Motion Pictures will be filmed in London.
Brent is kept busy managing both companies. His high profile in the Deaf community means he is in demand as a guest speaker at international conventions.
In his spare time, Brent enjoys being a mentor for young filmmakers. He loves watching them develop and prosper. He also relishes spending time with family and friends, and likes a good old-fashioned BBQ when an opportunity arises.