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Expression of Interest

We would like to invite you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Eden Hore Central Otago film project. Set out below, and in the attached brochure, is information regarding the scope of the proposed project and background information about the enigmatic Eden Hore and his passion for NZ-designed fashion and the vibrant and unique fashion collection itself.


  • The Eden Hore Central Otago (EHCO) project team is interested in receiving expressions of interest from producers and directors who have an interest in working with us to develop a compelling feature or documentary for domestic and international distribution
  • The attached background outline of EHCO and the approach we have taken, to date, in considering a strategic approach to telling the remarkable stories that are contained within and emanate from this singular relationship between a high-country farmer, the landscape he farmed and loved and his astonishing collection of over 275 haute couture 1970s and 1980s gowns and outfits
  • The story strategy is provided as a guide; it is NOT prescriptive


The approach should:

  • Deliver a compelling story that is likely to intrigue New Zealand and global viewers to:
  • Inspire and excite audiences
  • Gain insights into Eden’s extraordinary and enigmatic life, including his passion for NZ-designed fashion garments and his close association with Central Otago
  • Explore the subjects (designers, models etc) of his fashion collection further
  • Be enchanted by Central Otago and consider and act on visiting
  • Engage proactively in EHCO’s goals of championing vision and ongoing courage in fashion, design, creative aspiration and collecting the extraordinary etc
  • Be produced in a format that is likely to reach a wide range of New Zealanders and global audiences and which will allow the possible ancillary use of the content to support EHCO's goals
  • Generate interest from commissioning editors and content funding organisations within NZ and overseas that will ensure its successful realisation and distribution
  • Be appropriate for entry in New Zealand and global awards and/or festivals etc


Your EOI should include:

  • The name of the individual or entity
  • The principal personnel and their proposed roles and experience relevant to this project
  • A filmography
  • A one-page outline of your initial thoughts about approach, format, style, structure etc – including references to any existing projects you may see as relevant exemplars
  • The proposed genre - feature, documentary etc
  • Identify the possible media outlets that you would be targeting for funding and distribution

Materials & Research

We can provide the following to assist your proposed production:

  • Garments catalogue including dresses and accessories
  • Garment and designer information
  • Some oral histories and Archival photos
  • Country Calendar footage
  • Derek Henderson imagery
  • Storyline and branding guide
  • Recent projects information and imagery
  • Media and press articles
  • Film and location permits at no charge while filming within the Central Otago District (*this is the current policy and subject to change)

Process & timeframe

Step Date

EOI is open 1 September 2022

Q&A close 30 November 2022

EOI closes 15 January 2023

Shortlist selected 15 February 2023

We hope that this project has piqued your interest, thank you for your consideration and we look forward to receiving your proposal no later than 15 January 2023.

Please enquire about the information document.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact project lead Ruenell Wing and submit your Expression of Interest to

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