“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water,

the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

~ Dalai Lama








East to East (documentary - 2018)


A group of at-risk teenagers from Aranui High School, in East Christchurch, New Zealand, are offered the opportunity to compete in the iconic Coast To Coast multisport race in tandem with three legends of the sport.

Together with Steve Gurney, Nathan Fa'avae and Emily Miazga, they enter a world very different to their own.


East to East premiered it's world cinema release at NZIFF 2018, and has since played in Tahiti at FIFO 2019 festival and at the Nelson Summer Film Festival.


View the East to East Trailer here.


Visit the East to East website (to get more information on the film, order DVDs, or download via Vimeo On Demand)





"On 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote.  Suffrage movement leader Kate Sheppard’s words were lost over the years. But 125 years later, eight champions of equality are bringing them back to life."


Vanessa co-directed an interactive spoken word video, and directed the behind the scenes interviews with 8 seriously impressive leaders in our community and the world. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in New Zealand, Give Kate a Voice was made in association with New Zealand On Air and Noted.co.nz


Give Kate A Voice was an official honouree at the International Webby Awards 2019.


Check out the website and the interviews here -www.givekateavoice.noted.co.nz



in post production (THEATRE/short film - 2019/20):

  • Chilled - A Cool Story with a Warm Message

  • sesame street - 4 in antarctica


In November 2018 and February 2019 Elanti Media travelled to Scott Base, Antarctica supported by Antarctica NZ as part of their Community Engagement Programme.  We travelled to the Ice to write a touring educational children's play in association with New Zealand Playhouse, and create a live action short counting film for Sesame Street (4 In Antarctica). 


Both of these projects are in post-production, with our short film for Sesame Street completing May 2019, and screening in Sesame Street's upcoming 50th season.  The play "Chilled" will tour primary schools in NZ and Australia in 2020.  



in development (Feature Documentary):

  • The Climate Canary

  • Dyslexia Inside


Elanti Media is busy working on a couple of documentaries: The Climate Canary is in advanced development (with some work filmed to date), and Dyslexia Inside is in early development.


The Climate Canary has grown from our previous Antarctic work. We take a look at the climate crisis, and the links between Antarctica and New Zealand.


Dyslexia Inside is an important look at the effects of dyslexia on our youth, particularly at-risk youth, and those in the prison system.



Braveheart Christchurch (Short documentary)


Elanti creates fortnightly short social profiles for the Facebook channel and website Braveheart Christchurch, celebrating local “brave hearts” who are doing wonderful things in our community.



Te Whakairo - Ngā Ki o Te Tai Ao

[The Carvings Carry the Stories of the World]

Short Documentary


Officially selected for the Show Me Shorts Festival Te Whakairo is the story of two talented carvers from each end of Aotearoa taketheir toi whakairo(carving) to Antarctica in response to our kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the world’s largest marine protected area – the Ross Sea region.

Runtime: 14mins



Latest News:


Elanti Media is actively working to qualify as an official carbon neutral production company.  Nice!





Vanessa Wells

Filmmaker - Director - Performer


Vanessa has worked in the arts industry for almost 20 years. She has a long history as a performer with the Court Theatre, and has run her own successful voice business for over 8 years.


Over the last few years Vanessa has shifted from in front of the camera to behind, as a freelance director, field producer, production assistant and writer, with highlights being producing, writing and directing her debut documentary film East to East. Vanessa worked on the feature film Human Traces, as part of a tight team of cast and crew, working in tough locations. 


East to East screened at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival to sell-out houses.  For high schools, an accompanying resource kit is now available.  For more information, get in touch.  


In March 2018 Vanessa directed the stage show “Medea – The Mother” for Ghost Light Theatre (Nelson) for the Dunedin Fringe Festival. July 2018 - Vanessa was co-director and performance coach for “Give Kate A Voice”, an interactive spoken word video celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in NZ.


In November 2018 Vanessa travelled to Scott Base with Antarctica NZ’s Community Engagement Programme – commissioned to produce a touring children’s play (and there might just be a documentary too), and she had a further trip to The Ice in February 2019 as a field director and camera operator for another Antarctica NZ CEP project.


Vanessa is on the board of WIFT NZ (Women in Film and Television), and believes strongly in giving back to the arts and community.  Adventurous or social change docos, fictional stories (short film or feature length) showcasing the human condition, or strong character relationships, are the kinds of projects Elanti Media is interested in.  If you want to talk about anything like this - get in touch!





Vanessa Wells


+64 (0) 21 795 027


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