“New Zealand women were the first in the world to gain the right to vote and while we acknowledge we have come a long way in 125 years, there’s still so much more we need to achieve before we can say women have full equity with men.

The motivation to make What Women Want is to ask the question “what do you want?” to a cross-section of Kiwi women, providing a platform for their voices which can be shared with all New Zealand women. We also wanted to profile the work of many inspiring women who are helping make this country a safe place for women, with better health care and pay equity.”

Arani Cuthbert, Producer, Diva Productions


 

Diva Productions

Diva Productions is an award-winning Auckland-based screen production company that develops and produces ‘Intelligent Entertainment’ - content that not only entertains, but has something important to say.

What Women Want Diva’s latest production celebrates 125 years since Women’s Suffrage. This project curates some of New Zealand’s top leaders and change-makers in conversations led by Alison Mau. These conversations address the key areas of concern for women: ending domestic and sexual violence, health and pay equity.

Established in 1992 as an artist management company for New Zealand’s well-loved entertainers the Topp Twins, Diva Productions has developed a slate of diverse factual and dramatic content that strives to encompass strong story-telling, visual style, engaging characters, humanity and humour.

 
 

Diva has helped create the Topp Twins brand, and still manages their live performances, tours, merchandise and marketing. Our experience across the diverse areas of the entertainment industry brings an entrepreneurial approach to ideas, as we look for 360 degree opportunities to tell stories and connect with audiences. 

Diva produced NZ’s top grossing theatrical documentary The Topp Twins, Untouchable Girls, which broke NZ box office records and won Best Feature at the 2009 Qantas NZ Film and TV Awards, the People’s Choice Award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and more than 20 other international awards. The film has sold to Australia, North America, Netherlands, Japan and the UK.

Diva’s other recent work includes three series of TVNZ’s top-rating factual lifestyle series Topp Country and Intake about young Army recruits for Māori Television. A feature docu-drama Who Killed Hilda? has been commissioned by TVNZ with Annie Goldson attached as director.


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Arani Cuthbert

Founder and managing director

Arani is a graduate of Auckland University (BSc) and an Alumni of Auckland’s Art Venture Programme. She received the Women in Film and TV Award for Outstanding Achievement and an NZFC Producer Award in 2010.

www.divaproductions.co.nz



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Felicity Morgan-Rhind

Director

Musician, chef and film-maker Felicity is committed to telling inspiring heart-felt stories, often revolving around food and comedy and always featuring endearing characters. Her first short film DONUTS FOR BREAKFAST (2000) screened internationally including the Melbourne, New York and Sundance Film Festivals. An award winning commercials director with EXIT FILMS she has made TV ads for many top brands, most recently NZ STORY for the NZ Government, re-branding NZ as a place where amazing collaborations are possible. In 2013-16 she directed three series of Topp Country presented by the Topp Twins (TVNZ, 30 x 1⁄2 hours). In 2016, in collaboration with NZ RED CROSS and KIWIS ON BOARD Felicity wrote and directed three short films to raise awareness of the refugee life experience in NZ, and the Loading Docs short film ‘How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara’, currently screening on Nat Geo.