Gloriavale’s not what you may think – film-maker

Gloriavale’s not what you may think – film-maker


A director with unprecedented access to the isolated West Coast community Gloriavale tells Wallace Chapman about the “magic and brilliant” place that’s more progressive than most people think.

Amanda Evans and her husband have won the trust of Gloriavale over the years. With that trust has come access, which has enabled the couple to create the three part series Gloriavale, screening on TVNZ.

She told Sunday Morning Gloriavale was not a compound, as some might suggest, but rather a community.

“We would have searchlights and barbed-wire fence if it was a compound. It’s a very bucolic scene with cows in the field and people pottering about their daily business.”

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