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Find Your Voice (2018)

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Find Your Voice (2018) is an Australian/New Zealand produced film that released to the United States in September 2020. The films tagline was "How much would you give to find yourself?". directed and filmed by Chris Herd. produced by Steve Jaggi (executive producer), Chris Herd (executive producer), Ben Rupp (executive producer), Patrick Rohr (producer), Adam Saunders (producer) along side the production companys Shorething Films (Australia) and The Steve Jaggi Company. it was later distributed by Indican Pictures in 2020 throughout the United States of America. It's total run time was of 1h 39min making it a feature length film.


Initially written by Chris Herd with the Intent of exploring the similarities and differences of cultures and how that may impact a person belonging to two or more communities. It was later handed off to Matthew Scott (credited as co-writer) who quickly created a lengthy script that was shortened over time by both Chris and Matthew. the film features a half Maori half australian rapper on a journey of self discovery. where they win big in the lottery and set out to travel from sydney Australia to New Zealand They in search of their roots to Grow as both an artist and as a person. Chris herd has stated that Adam saunders who plays the role of the titular Elvis Pineaha was of great help when finalizing the script as they were from both cultures used in the production.


The themes throughout the film revolve around family, belonging and culture as many coming of age films do but with the added tension brought in by the addition of "new money"/"get rich quick" that the director found interestingly pervasive.[1]


Actor Role
Adam Saunders Elvis Peniaha
Keisha Castle-Hughes Princess
Michael Long Roadie
Tama Lundon Themself
Ian Moss Themself
Thomas Stowers Rabbit
Robbie Krupski Tim Slim
Taaz Harrison Cousin Jono
Brent Mio Cousin Brick
Danielle Hayes as Aunty Sarah
Tony Chu Hung
Mat Bristow Yobbo
Danny Lee Lad in the shop
Chris ‘Kamikazi’ Merriman Titan
Benny Pegg G-Banger
Rowena Vilar Record Label Assistant
Fadi Yassmin Record Exec 1
Olaf Menschel Record Exec 2
Lara Beesley Record Label Secretary
Maximilian Menschel New Talent
Nannie Marie’s Children Children
Kia Malcolm Karipa Themself
David Denis Palestine
Amanda Hinchcliffe Girl on Boat
Sarah Bishop Pall
Justin Whenuaroa Security Guard 1
Dave Tipene Security Guard 2
Susan Nurmsalu Lotto Agent
DJ Libre the store salesmen
Ramy Fahmy car salesman
Te Ori Paki Themself
Kat Risteska Girl at the Bar 1
Autumn Loveday Girl at the Bar 2
DJ Mike Slims DJ
Nick Fong Example
Sara Fuchs Princess’ Friend
Mick RV Salesman
Nannie Marie Aunty
Henry Hua Rabbits Mate
Berenice Breckon Hospital Staff Member
Deb Thompson Themself
Warren Ferner Themself
Geoff Western Themself
Morri Watene Themself


Name Role
Chris herd Writer/DOP
Matthew Scott Writer
Pat Rohr Line Producer
Adrian Power Editor
Rhiannon Bannenberg Music Composer
Danni Tinker 1ST Assembly Editor
Dani Vanherk Assistant editor
Kristian Leadbeater Assistant editor
Anne-Sophie Marion Camera Assistant
Adrian Cordero 2nd Camera Assistant
lidia Scott Camera Assistant
Janko Miskovich Sound Recordist
Josh Finigan Sound Recordist
John Gatliff Sound Assistant
Sean Telford Sound Assistant
Denby Strange Sound Assistant
Michele McQuillan Hair and Makeup
Jonathan Geimon Hair and Makeup
Justine Purdue Hair and Makeup
Miriam Nighterlein Hair and Makeup
Dale Delaporte Hair and Makeup
Joel Babicci Hair and Makeup
Helen Tuck Hair and Makeup
Nicholle Adrichem Hair and Makeup
Jono Tyler Production Assistant
Dan McGrath Production Assistant
Christiaan Blok Production Assistant
Rachel Bristow Production Assistant
Talbots Charted Accountants Production Account
Michael Wall Production Account
Liz Garneau Production Mannager
Liz Garneau Production Co-ordinator
Eve Ainscow-Fawkner Location Manager
Mat Ainscow-Fawkner Sheep Wrangler
Craig Deeker Online Editor
Julian Chichignound Colourist
Alex Chapman Titles
Elaine Bekkett Audio Post Coordinator
Craig Bekkett Supervising Sound Editor/ ADR Recordist/ Re-Recording Mixer
James Ezra Sound Effects Editor
Tim Ryan Sound Effects Editor/ Music Mix
Nigel Foster First sound Mix and ADR
Beth Tredray First sound Mix and ADR
Shiv Summer Additional ADR
Kelly Son Hing Production Executive
Meg Martin Production Assistant
Lauren Hansom Production Assistant
Jenna Owsianik Social media coordinator
Ian Moss Additional Composition
Adam Saunders Additional Composition
Max Schneider Additional Composition
Josh Munn Additional Composition
Andres Hyde Additional Composition
Ross Steyrou Additional Composition
Michael Zolker Additional Composition

Film festivals[edit]

The film was shown at Maori Film Festival (2018), SR Socially Relavent Film Festival (2018) and was also a part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (2018).


It went on to win the Maori Film Festival's Narrative Feature World Cinema Award[2] and Grossed $6,019 world wide


  1. "Exclusive: Director Chris Herd on making uplifting Aussie film Find Your Voice". Cinema Australia. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  2. "Chris Herd Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.

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