Max Quinn

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Max Quinn had his first taste of the movies as a child in a small country village in New Zealand’s North Island. His father would project flickery movies onto the living room wall as family entertainment in the time before television. He was hooked. Later as a teen, his passion for telling stories led to Max making his own 8mm films in the backyard with his brothers acting in them. He left school and immediately coined a job as a cine camera trainee with New Zealand's state broadcaster, the NZBC, cutting his professional teeth filming news - in black and white - current affairs and documentaries. This lead to him becoming a prolific Director of Photography on many of New Zealand’s early TV drama productions including Hunters Gold, The Mackenzie Affair and Ngaio Marsh Theatre. In 1991 Max wintered over in Antarctica for 11 months to produce the first comprehensive documentary on the Emperor Penguin and winter life at New Zealand's Scott Base. He then went on to film and produce many natural history documentaries worldwide, including at least 14 based around the Polar Regions. In recent years Max has filmed extensively in Mexico, the USA, Taiwan and China, including Tibet and most recently in Brazil before Covid locked that country away. He has now written a best-selling book on his polar filming experiences. A LIFE OF EXTREMES: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker, and in 2020 he was made a life member of the New Zealand Antarctic Society.

Max Quinn