above: Antony Starr as John After The Waterfall is the only New Zealand feature in the New Zealand International Film Festival that a woman—Simone Horrocks—has written and directed. It premiered in Beijing earlier this month , as part of the 5th New Zealand Film Festival in the People’s Republic of China. Here's Simone speaking at the premiere. Simone first attracted international attention when she was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Sundance Institute/NHK Filmmaker's Award in 2001. She has written and directed several short films, notably Spindrift , winner of the Best Panorama Short Film award at the Berlin Film Festival, and New Dawn , commissioned by the Edinburgh Film Festival to mark the launch of UK Film Four's Lab. I knew almost nothing about her. So I peppered her with emailed questions. And was truly delighted with her generous responses.