Su­per-mum’s lat­est film casts net around fam­ily

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be­gun film­ing her next project yet, but it is al­ready a ma­jor fam­ily en­ter­prise.

The for­mer Welling­ton writer and direc­tor has roped in her chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily for her next short film Food for Thought.

‘‘All my fam­ily have put their hands up,’’ Robins said.

‘‘My five chil­dren are in­volved and sev­eral of their cousins and good friends.’’

Food for Thought is a tale of fam­ily mem­bers com­ing to­gether to sup­port their mother af­ter their fa­ther’s sud­den death.

Based on Sue McCauley’s short story As­sas­sin Bug, it demon­strates Robins’ pas­sion for telling ev­ery­day sto­ries about women and the hu­mour and tenac­ity they use to sur­vive in a man’s world.

Robins said films should be made from a wide va­ri­ety of per­spec­tives, in­clud­ing male, fe­male, young and old.

‘‘ Only 8 per cent of film­mak­ers are women, which is quite a ma­jor mi­nor­ity,’’ she said.

‘‘We need to tell sto­ries from women’s per­spec­tives or, in my case, from an older woman’s per­spec­tive.’’

Robins’ film ex­pe­ri­ence dates back to her mar­riage with Good­bye Pork Pie direc­tor Ge­off Murphy, who was made an Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Order of Merit this year for his con­tri­bu­tion to the arts.

Although based in Hawke’s Bay, Robins grew up in Welling­ton and still calls the cap­i­tal home.

Robins’ daugh­ter Robin Murphy said her mother was ‘‘ the orig­i­nal su­per- mum’’ and an un­sung hero of the New Zealand film in­dus­try.

‘‘She’s been a con­stant force since the 1970s,’’ she said.

‘‘She started out sup­port­ing her for­mer hus­band, Ge­off Mur- phy, on his films – com­bin­ing roles as pro­duc­tion man­ager, cos­tu­mier and caterer, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously tak­ing care of her grow­ing fam­ily.’’

In the mid-1980s she stepped from her sup­port­ing role into the lime­light.

She cre­ated the short film In­stincts and tele­vi­sion dra­mas O’Reilly’s Luck and Ma­trons of Hon­our.

In 2012 she worked with di­rec­tors Mark Al­bis­ton and Louis Suther­land on their de­but fea­ture film Shop­ping.

She also wrote and di­rected the short film Dy­ing Light, which ap­peared in film fes­ti­vals around the world.

Now in her 70s, Robins works as a script su­per­vi­sor and con­trib­uted to Hope and Wire – Gay­lene Pre­ston’s se­ries about post-earthquake Christchurch, which screened on TV3 this month.

Food for Thought will be filmed in Welling­ton next month, pro­vided $10,000 had been raised through crowd­fund­ing site Boosted.

‘‘There’s got to be some­thing to keep me busy,’’ she said.

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