David Whittet
Family Physician and Film Maker


Kia ora! Welcome to my Website. Haere mai.

A special welcome to the independent film making community and the many amazing film makers and actors who have worked on my productions over the years.
Kia ora also to my extended whānau of family physicians from all over the world who have worked with me on projects to develop family medicine in the developing world.

Creating the Amiri & Aroha trilogy has been a major focus over the past five years and has proved a remarkable journey. I have met so many wonderful people along the way and forged such tremendous friendships, bonds that will last a lifetime.
Over the past few months, I have been privileged to make that journey for a second time, as I have embarked on the novel based on the film trilogy.
Writing the novel has been a tremendous voyage of discovery. I have lived and breathed the story anew. I have shared in the characters’ joys and grieved with them in their sadness.
The book affords me the opportunity to tell the story as I had originally envisaged it, without the restrictions inherent in the making of a micro budget independent film.
Despite those enormous constraints, financial and otherwise, which were imposed on us during the making of the trilogy, the films continue to garner awards and engage film festival audiences throughout the world. Recent wins include an Award of Excellence at the Accolade competition, putting us up there with Hollywood's greatest, in the company of Liam Neeson and the Oscar winner for Best Short Documentary!

I extend my sincerest thanks to all those who have been in touch to ask when they will be able to see the trilogy. Rest assured I have been working hard behind the scenes to secure distribution, both for broadcast and a theatrical release. I have also made some enhancements to the films, following feedback from film festival judges, our distribution partners and, of course, our wonderful World Premiere audience. I am grateful to you all for your unfailing support.
In so many ways, the Amiri and Aroha story is reaching its most exciting phase. Keep watching this website!

Alongside Amiri & Aroha, I am working on a new film production Hīkoi inspired by the child poverty debate which was a major issue in the recent New Zealand General Election. Hīkoi will be an emotive and uncompromising look at some profoundly troubling issues, wrapped up in a deeply affecting story.
Hīkoi has its own striking microsite, be sure to check this out and keep up to speed with this exciting production.

I am currently restoring and digitally re-mastering my early work and will create an archive on this site, adding the films as they are restored.

My project to develop family medicine in rural Cambodia continues with the support of the World Organisation of Family Doctors. We have some heart-rending pictures from the project and have a dedicated blog for the project.

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you enjoy browsing my projects. If you are interested in any of the projects and would like to get involved, please get in contact!

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