'Haunting Douglas' a documentary by Leanne Pooley

From Tuakau New Zealand to the stages of New York, Douglas's journey has included drugs, alcohol, illness and accolades.

"...a sad and a triumphant story, at times darkly hilarious. Resilience of spirit is palpable, even though the face is gaunt with sorrow...Profoundly moving, the film is intense, like both its subject and its maker...Pooley pulls together many threads to help us understand and appreciate this dance-maker at work." - The Dominion Post, NZ

"Wright expresses himself in bitingly enunciated paradoxes, reaching us again and again, now that his body refuses to dance, with the vital, lucid artistry of his words.I can think of no more appreciative, perceptive or powerful documentary portrait of an artist in New Zealand than this." - NZ International Film Festival

"A benchmark in arts documentaries." - The Sydney Morning Herald


Winner, Best Director, 2005 New Zealand Screen Awards
Winner, Best Editor, 2005 New Zealand Screen Awards
Finalist, Best Documentary Feature, Golden Gate Awards, (San Francisco, 2004)
Winner, Best Documentary, ReelDance International Screendance Festival, (Sydney, 2004)

Haunting Douglas: Film Festival Screenings

  • New Zealand International Film Festival (Auckland, Wellington 2003)
  • San Francisco International Film Festival (2004)
  • Dance On Camera Festival (New York-2004)
  • 51st International Sydney Film Festival (2004)
  • ReelDance International Screendance Festival (Sydney-2004)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival (2004)
  • Festival de Cine de Granada (2004)
  • Reel Affirmations (Washington DC 2004)
  • Adelaide Film Festival - 2005
  • Commonwealth Film Festival - (Manchester) 2005
  • Cinedans - (Amsterdam) 2005
  • Semarang Film Festival - (Indonesia) 2005
  • IMZ Dance Screen - (Brighton) 2005
  • Vdance - Israel 2006

Produced & Directed by Leanne Pooley
Co-Produced by Shona McCullagh
Spacific Films 2003