“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 - 2017)



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.


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



in pre-production (THEATRE/DOCUMENTARY - nov 2018)

Project: Cold Play



In mid November 2018, Elanti Media is sending a team of three to Scott Base, Antarctica with Antarctica NZ as part of their Community Engagement Programme.  We are travelling to the Ice to write a touring educational children's play.  This is Elanti's most adventurous project yet! 




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 7 years.


Over the last three 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.  An education version of East to East, with 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. Recently 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 will be travelling 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).


Vanessa is also 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 - give us a call!





Vanessa Wells


+64 (0) 21 795 027


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