TORCHLIGHT FILMS is a production company based in Wellington, New Zealand, founded by Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader producing independent
feature films to deliver stories sourced in our communities to broad local audiences, sustainably and economically. We tell contemporary, character-
driven stories that explore the human condition and have the power to move and touch us.
Eighteen months ago we premiered Hook, Line & Sinker. Thank-you for supporting the film (and us) during its extensive theatrical release in fifty cinemas, lasting in some centres for thirteen weeks. We are hugely appreciative and humbled by your support, your enthusiasm and your eagerness to see another film from us. We take heed of your comments: your desire to see stories peopled with authentic multi-faceted characters, (including women!); for stories which show tenderness and humanity. It gives us confidence that there is an audience out there hungry for the sort of stories we want to tell.
Now we have another story for you on the boil. Centred around a primal experience so deeply imbedded in our psyche, so taken for granted, that as story subject matter, it is all but invisible. New motherhood is something almost all women in the world go through. No one, man or woman, is untouched by the experience. It's a subject matter rich in drama and emotion, and yet it's not one we see on our screens. Thigh of the Passionate Nymph is a film to be made with you, our audience in mind.
And others whose stories never make the screen? Cleaners this time. The Spotless Women is a film to be made using our version of British director Mike Leigh's improvisational methods to develop character and narrative; the same way we made Hook, Line & Sinker.
Filmmaking is a protracted business, and perhaps the most protracted aspect of it is raising production funding. This is where we currently are with both these projects. It can take time
before we actually get behind the cameras again. But if you have ideas or suggestions, of people
with whom you think we could be having conversations with, please do get in touch with us. In
the meantime, we'll keep you posted.
Andrea, Shane and Jeremy
We are always pleased to have our films seen, however there are countless sites offering free unauthorised downloads of HOOK, LINE & SINKER. Please purchase
directly from us or from our agents. Or make a donation to Torchlight Films for your free download. Your purchase or donation goes towards our next film as well
as paying wage deferrals to actors and crew.
If you are planning to screen your film please read our tips on digital projection where we share some of our technical lessons from distributing Hook, Line
& Sinker. Yet to come, the reality of self-distribution. Controversial, rarely discussed with any transparency, it has proven to be quite an eye-opener.