Professor Anne Veronica Goldson

BSc (Otago), Dip Journalism (Canterbury), MA (NY), PhD (Auckland)


Annie Goldson has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries and docudramas for 20 years in the United States and New Zealand. Her work is known for its craft, sensitivity and engagement.

Her films have won over 50 awards at international film festivals, opened theatrically world wide and have been broadcast on prestigious channels including HBO-Cinemax, ABC-Aust, ARD (Germany),  Channel 4 (UK), POV (PBS), CBC, SBS, Canalplus, TVNZ, TV3, Maori Television and many more. Her best-known titles are Punitive Damage, Georgie Girl, Sheilas: 28 Years On, Pacific Solution: From Afghanistan to Aotearoa, Elgar's Engima, An Island Calling, Brother Number One, and He Toki Huna.  In 2017, she completed a new documentary KIM DOTCOM: Caught in the Web which is premiering at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Annie has also overseen the production of an associated web project:

Annie is also a writer and has published articles in books and journals such as The Listener (NZ), Landfall, Screen, Semiotext(e), Social Text, Studies in International Documentary and others. Her book Landscape, Memory, Dad and Me was published by Victoria University Publications. She has been director of the biennial New Zealand International Documentary Conference (Expanding Documentary); a trustee of the New Zealand International Documentary Festival, Documentary Edge and the Africa New Zealand Film Festival; and was President of the Screen Directors’ Guild of New Zealand.

Receiving her PhD in Film and Television Studies from The University of Auckland in 2005, Annie is a Professor in the disciplinary area of Media and Communication teaching across the production and theory divide. She  was Head of Discipline in the years 2014-2016 and currently serves as PhD Advisor, heading the Graduate Studies Committee and is the VC appointee on the Professorial Promotions Committee. In 2006 she was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Film and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2017. Annie also received a Research Excellence Medal from the University of Auckland for her film Brother Number One, one of two recipients in the Faculty of Arts and was awarded a Research Excellence Medal from the Faculty of Arts itself.

Research | Current

  • Documentary film directing, producing and editing
  • Documentary studies
  • Feminist film theory
  • Production studies
  • New media
  • Journalism studies

Current projects:

Caught in the Web, a major feature documentary (with Alex Behse), funded by the New Zealand Film Commision and European broadcasters.

An online academic edited collection of essays relatiing to Caught in the Web:  both film and book to be hosted on a Creative Commons website.

Further documentaries and writing projects are in development.

Teaching | Current

COMMS 201 Journalism Studies

MEDIA 704 Documentary: The Real Returns

SCREEN 713 Advanced Documentary Directing

I also regularly teach into other Screen and MEDIA papers.

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students:

Jeanine Lim: The Singapore Film: What is it? Has it been made? Can it stand on the world stage?

Paul Koite: The uses of online and social media in the Kenyan election process

Ghazaleh Gol Bakhsh, Inbetweeness in Iranian Filmmakers of the Diaspora since 2007

Current Masters students (all Screen):

Sifan Feng (Untitled)



Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Multiple awards at national and international film festivals

Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand

Research Excellence Award, the University of Auckland

Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts



Annie is currently PHD Advisor in the Disciplinary Area in Media, Film, and Television at the University of Auckland.

Areas of expertise

Documentary film directing, producing and editing

Documentary studies, feminist film theory, production studies, new media, journalism studies.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand

Women in Film and Television

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Goldson, A. (2017). Making a Murderer. Paper presented at Visible Evidence XXIV, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2 August - 6 August 2017.
  • Goldson, A. (12/3/2017). Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web [Film Documentary Feature], South by South West Festival, Austin Texas (premiere), Austin Texas. Related URL.
  • Goldson, A. V. (2017). 'Secret industry screening' KIM DOTCOM: Caught in the Web. Melbourne, Australia. 5 March - 8 March 2017. Related URL.
  • Goldson, A. V. (2017). Caught in the Web: Transmedia site. Related URL.
  • Goldson, A. V. (2016). Ethic / Ethnic / Aesthetic. Paper presented at CILECT Congress, Griffith University, Brisbane. 20 November - 24 November 2016. Related URL.
  • Goldson, A. V. (2016). Making a Murderer: an invitation to binge. Paper presented at 2016 ANZCA annual conference, Newcastle, Australia. 6 July - 8 July 2016. Related URL.
  • Goldson, A. (2015). Journalism plus?: The resurgence of creative documentary. Pacific Journalism Review, 21 (2), 86-98. Related URL.
  • King, B., Goldson, A. V., & Robie, D. (Eds.) (2015). Documentary practice in the Asia-Pacific. Auckland: Pacific Media Centre. Pages: 217. Related URL.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 550
New Zealand

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