MAX QUINN – Producer/Director/Cameraman

NHNZ (Natural History New Zealand Ltd)

Max Quinn has been involved in television production for over 50 years. He cut his professional teeth as a cine cameraman for the NZBC in news, current affairs, and documentaries. He then went on to become a prolific director of photography on many early New Zealand TV drama productions including Hunter’s Gold, The Mackensie Affair, and Ngaio Marsh Theatre. In the 1980s he moved into TV production as a director and producer of children’s programmes.

In 1987, he fulfilled a lifelong passion for wildlife by joining TVNZ’s Natural History Unit in Dunedin. Since then he has filmed in many of the world’s wildlife hot spots for broadcasters such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The Smithsonian Channel as well as TVNZ. In 1991, Max wintered over in Antarctica for 11 months to film and direct documentaries on the Emperor Penguin and winter life at New Zealand’s Scott Base that helped establish NHNZ’s enduring relationship with The Discovery Channel. Max went on to film, direct and produce many natural history documentaries including at least 10 based around the Polar Regions as well as the Pacific, Australia and North America. He has now written a bestselling book on his polar filming experiences: A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker.

In recent years, Max has been working extensively in Mexico, the USA, Taiwan and China, including Tibet, and recently in Brazil for a series of nature documentaries for National Geographic Wild.

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