Anna Wilding

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Anna Wilding
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Anna Wilding speaking on stage at an American film and music festival in 2017
BornNew Zealand
🏳️ NationalityNew Zealander / American
💼 Occupation
Director, producer, actress, photographer
🏡 Home townCanterbury, New Zealand
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)[1]

Anna Wilding is an American-New Zealand director, actress, producer, and photographer. In addition to a lengthy, varied, and recognised career in acting and film production, Wilding has served as a White House correspondent, broadcaster, and photographer during the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017.[2][3] In 2019, Anna Wilding's national solo photography exhibit, Celebrate Hope, is touring, featuring rare still photographs of Barack Obama and his family during his Presidency.[4] [5][6] She also played the first-ever battered wife, the character of Gail, on New Zealand television screens in the well-known series Shortland Street.[7][8] Wilding directed and wrote the feature documentary film Buddha Wild. Wilding also completed camera duties, produced and hosted the film. The film played in cinemas and festivals throughout the world and won an award at the American Kids Choice Awards.[9][10][11][12] Wilding's work has included consultant production work on the film trilogy Lord of the Rings.[13] Additionally, Anna Wilding is the founder of the Wilding Foundation and Kalon Skincare.[14]

As grand-niece of the historic New Zealand world tennis champion Anthony Wilding,[15] Anna Wilding participated and won in national tennis tournaments during her early teen years before moving to Australia and the United States to continue her career in acting and film.[16]

Early life[edit]

Anna Wilding was born in South Island, New Zealand.[17]

Starting at the age of 10, Wilding was a nationally ranked tennis player and played competitive tennis. Her great-uncle,[15] Anthony Wilding, was a world No. 1 tennis player who was killed in action during World War I.[18][19][16]

When she was a teenager, Anna began to perform professionally in theater and national television screens. Anna was a professional improvisation Theatresports player with The Court Jesters at the Court Theater in Christchurch, New Zealand. In addition to winning Player of the Season, she later went on to perform as a comedian in comedy shows, and more recently on stage at the Ice House in Pasadena, California in 2018.[20]

Wilding moved from New Zealand to Australia at the age of 16, and then to the United States when she was 19 years old to pursue an acting career, where she performed in various theaters and televised comedy shows, and owned a photographic studio at the age of 19.[21] working in still photography and film production.[21]


Anna Wilding has directed and/or co-produced music videos for rock acts, including the Rolling Stones, UB40, Lenny Kravitz, Moana and the Moahunters, David Parker, among many others.[22][23]

Wilding also played the first-ever battered wife, the character of Gail, on New Zealand television screens in the well-known series Shortland Street.[citation needed][7]

In 2006, Wilding directed, wrote, produced, and appeared in the documentary film Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut, which featured the lives of Thai and Sri Lankan Buddhist monks. In addition to directing the feature documentary film Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut, Wilding completed camera duties, produced, hosted, and wrote the film. The film played in cinemas and festivals and won an award at the American Kids Choice Awards.[9][10][11][12]

Wilding produced and directed the film Pop Culture Punk Art, which was played in numerous film festivals, and Faultline, a documentary about the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[24]

Wilding has served as a White House correspondent, broadcaster, and photographer during the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017,[2] and appeared on various nationally televised networks such as C-SPAN.[25] She created the touring solo photo exhibition Celebrate Hope: the Obama Collection, which was displayed at the Palos Verde Art Center,[4][26] the Perfect Exposure Gallery in Alhambra, California,[5][6] and many other locations. In addition, Anna Wilding has also shown photography works in the group exhibit at the Leica Gallery with Nick Ut and Douglas Kirkland.[27]

Wilding spoke in the nationally covered Harvey Weinstein harassment case[28] about unwanted harassment from Harvey Weinstein.[29][30][31]

Wilding is the founder of Moving Horse Pictures and Carpe Diem Films, an independent film company.[32][22] In addition, Wilding also founded the Wilding Foundation,[33] as well as Kalon Skincare.[34][35][36][37] The Wilding Foundation assisted in relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[24]

Anna Wilding is also known for her humanitarian work and for her work advancing women’s causes. On October 12, 2017, in a widely syndicated radio show with Rita Cosby, Anna was interviewed about being one of the first women to come out about the treatment of women in Hollywood.[30] This followed Anna’s calls for a cessation to the casting couch as far back as 1995.

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Wilding was married to an American restoration architect in Christchurch, New Zealand.[13] Anna has one stepson.[13]

Anna Wilding researches and protects the legacy of Anthony Wilding, including taking a personal journey to find Anthony Wilding's lost grave in France. Wilding's research was documented for a feature story in London and Italy by Italian tennis journalist Stefano Semeraro.[38][39][40]

Anna Wilding's godmother and great aunt and Anthony Wilding's sister was Cora Wilding, MBE. It was thanks to her godmother Cora Wilding that Anna was able to purchase her first SLR camera, a simple secondhand Olympus 35mm, as a teenager.[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]

Anna Wilding's selected filmography and media appearances are listed below.[1]

  • Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut (director)
  • Faultline
  • Pop Culture Punk Art
  • Lord of the Rings (film production consultant)
Television series
  • The Open Road (director and producer)[41]
  • The Billy T James Show
  • Shortland Street
  • ETV
  • Access Hollywood
  • ITV
  • Studio 10
  • C-Span

See also[edit]

  • List of New Zealand films
  • Anthony Wilding
  • Cora Wilding
  • The Court Jesters


  1. 1.0 1.1 Anna Wilding on IMDb
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Barack Obama behind the scenes - exclusive interview with his photographer". Georgian Journal. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  3. Elsesser, Sarah (Jan 3, 2018). "Palm Beach resident recalls her time in the White House press corps". Palm Beach Daily News. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cooper, Matt (Jun 14, 2019). "SoCal museum listings, June 16–23: Prints by John Baldessari, Korean calligraphy and more". LA Times. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Haskell, Josh (February 22, 2019). "Rare photo exhibit of the Obama family in Alhambra". ABC 7. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Obama Celebrate Hope". The Perfect Exposure Gallery. February 17, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Kiwi Actress Anna Wilding In Major US Film Role". Scoop New Zealand. 16 October 2000. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  8. "Anna Wilding partial show reel". Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Buddha Wild Film".
  10. 10.0 10.1 Block, Alex Ben (March 14, 2014). "Reports Claim IMDBPro's Starmeter Rankings Are Rigged". Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut". IMDb.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Director's Interview Buddha Wild (WEA)". Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Celebrity Wedding Planned for Christchurch". Scoop New Zealand. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  14. Walker, Janet (7 April 2012). "Anna Wilding, Award Winning Director, Launches Skin Care Line". Haute-Lifestyle. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Crutchley, Peter (July 9, 2016). "Anthony Wilding: The hero who set Wimbledon hearts a-flutter". BBC Northern Ireland. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Araton, Harvey (June 22, 2013). "Researching a Tennis Legacy, and Uncovering a Potential Injustice". New York Times. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  17. Stuart, Gabrielle (26 Jun 2017). "Kiwi who worked as independent correspondent at the White House shares her stories". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  18. Bayer, Kurt (Jun 25, 2014). "Rare photos reveal Kiwi 'Federer' of Wimbledon". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  19. "Wimbledon's Anthony Wilding a Superstar of his Day". New Zealand Edge. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  20. "Anna Wilding performs stand up comedy at the Ice House in Pasadena 2018". September 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Elsesser, Sarah (Jan 3, 2018). "Palm Beach resident recalls her time in the White House press corps". Palm Beach Daily News. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  22. 22.0 22.1 ""rebel in me" Moana and the Moa Hunters directed and Produced by Anna Wilding". The Big Idea. 26 Oct 2011. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  23. "David Parker "The Phone Is Ringing"". Missing videos from 1992. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "LTTS Exclusive: Anna Wilding Writes In The Wake Of The Christchurch Earthquake". Look to the Stars. April 18, 2011. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  25. "Clip of White House daily briefing". C-SPAN. July 26, 2016. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  26. "via BHBPR: Returning By Popular Demand". TV Confidential. June 12, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  27. "City Hearts Celebrates Highly Successful Benefit Auction at Leica Gallery". Messenger Mountain News. Oct 19, 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  28. "Anna Wilding claims she warned Obama about his reputation". My Entertainment News. February 5, 2019. Archived from the original on June 28, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  29. "Actress drops Weinstein bombshell on Studio 10". NewsComAu. 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  30. 30.0 30.1 "Actress Tells Rita She Was Saved from Harvey Weinstein". C-SPAN. October 12, 2017. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  31. Slattery, Denis (October 12, 2017). "Actress Anna Wilding reveals male co-workers 'shielded' her from pervy Harvey Weinstein at Miramax party". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  32. "Carpe Diem Films".
  33. "Wilding Foundation". Archived from the original on 2019-01-16. Retrieved 2019-06-28. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  34. "Kalon Skincare". Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  35. Munro, Aria (May 8, 2012). "Kalon Skincare's Anna's Pocket Bee Venom Vitality Cream Mask Rated The #1 Hot New Beauty Release". eNews Channels. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  36. "Anna's Pocket Bee Venom Mask by Kalon Skincare". NWI Times. May 23, 2013. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  37. "Kalon Skincare: Anna's Pocket Bee Venom Moisturizer and Mask". Export-X. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  38. van Houdt, Bep. "Tony Wilding: Tennis's first matinée idol" (PDF). International Society of Olympic Historians. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  39. "The (Few) Cards of Tennis Cult Hero Anthony Wilding". Pre-War Cards. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  40. Mulligan, Jesse (12 July 2016). "New Zealand's forgotten Wimbledon Champion". From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  41. Sved, James Edward (October 23, 2013). "The Official Series Portal: The Guide to the American Highway". Herald de Paris. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved 2019-06-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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