|Born||1967 (age 48–49)
Wellington, New Zealand
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, screenwriter|
Nikola Jean "Niki" Caro MNZM (born 1967) is a film director, producer and screenwriter who was born in Wellington, New Zealand. Her 2002 film Whale Rider was critically praised and won a number of awards at international film festivals.
Caro was born in Wellington, New Zealand. She attended Kadimah College, Auckland, then Diocesan School for Girls, where she received an alumni award. Caro graduated with a BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 1988, and received an MFA from Swinburne University of Technology.
Caro first found interest in working with metal sculptures, but later changed in it to film. Caro was self-taught in film through only reading narrative film books. She started out with writing and once she was done writing a script, her mother typed it up for her at work.
Her first experience with a professional production company was when she wrote and directed for the television series, Another Country. She did not have any experience in directing, but it felt it was instinctual once she started working with the actors.
Her first film, Memory and Desire, was chosen for the New Zealand Prestigious Critics week in 1998. In 1999 the movie was voted best new film at the New Zealand Film Awards.
Caro went on to write and direct Whale Rider, which is about a Māori girl that has to stand up against the other men and her grandfather in the tribe to show she can be as much of a leader as the boys who were being trained to be leaders. Caro argues that Whale Rider is more about leadership than sexism because the Māori are also profoundly matriarchal. Caro says there is a Māori saying that "women lead from behind," even though in their culture, knowledge and lineage are passed down through the males and not the woman. She directed thirteen-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes to a performance nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.
With the success of Whale Rider under her belt, Caro was chosen to direct her first Hollywood film, North Country (2005), starring Charlize Theron. It was later nominated for Best Actress for lead and supporting role at the Oscars and also was nominated for a Golden Globe.
After doing North Country, Caro went back to New Zealand to write and direct the feature film The Vintner's Luck (2009) otherwise known as A Heavenly Vintage, that is about a peasant winemaker who sets out to make the perfect vintage wine. The film reunited her with her Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Caro found the Cannes Film Festival to be different from what she thought. She thought she would be mingling with other filmmakers and discussing other films, but the festival is only a market and is very cut-throat. Caro states she is still terrified of the Cannes Film Festival.
Caro is married to architect Andrew Lister, and they have two daughters, Tui and Pearl. Their first daughter was born shortly after the success of Whale Rider. Because Caro was pregnant, she was unable to attend any of the premieres for the film. Caro said she was sad, but at the same time thought it may not be such a bad thing because success in America is so radical.
|2016||The Zookeeper's Wife||Director||Filming|
|2009||The Vintner's Luck||Director, Writer, Producer||Based on the novel by Elizabeth Knox|||
|2005||North Country||Director||Inspired by a book by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler|||
|2002||Whale Rider||Director, Writer||Based on the novel by Witi Ihimaera|||
|2001-2003||Mercy Peak||Director||Television Series in New Zealand|||
|2001-2002||Being Eve||Writer||Television Series in New Zealand|||
|1999||Jackson's Wharf||Director, Writer, Storyliner||Television Series in New Zealand|||
|1998||Memory and Desire||Director, Writer||Based on a short story by Peter Wells|||
|1995||Plain Tastes||Director, Writer||Television Drama|||
|1994||Old Bastards||Director, Writer||Experimental Short Film|||
|1994||Sure to Rise||Director, Writer||Short|||
|1992||The Minute||Production Manager||Short|||
|1992||The Summer the Queen Came||Director, Writer||Television - under series "Another Country"|||
|1990||Bad Note for a Heart||Director||Music Video|||
Awards and recognitions
- Caro was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the film industry in the 2004 New Year Honours.
- Caro was one of the honorees for Ms. Magazine's 10 women of the year in 2003
- Whale Rider received Best Feature Film for British Academy Children's Awards
- Caro's short film Memory and Desire was nominated for Best Film and Best Screenplay Adaptation at the Nokia New Zealand Film Awards,1999.
- The television series Jackson's Wharf received the Best Drama Script award for at the TV Guide Television Awards, 1999.
- Caro's short film Memory and Desire was selected for Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival, 1998
- Caro's television documentary Footage was selected for the Venice Film Festival, 1996
- Caro's short for Sure to Rise was nominated for the Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, 1994
- Caro was nominated for Best Director and Best Writer at the NZ Film and Television Awards (1994) for The Summer the Queen Came
- Won Best Video at NZ Music Awards (1990) for Bad Note for a Heart
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