Razor Films is a New Zealand based boutique television production company specialising in popular factual programming and documentaries. Launched by Mark McNeill in 1999 the company has a proven track-record in producing award-winning, high-rating programmes for New Zealand and International markets. We push the envelope, put money on screen and try new stuff.
Our programmes have sold all over the world to networks like Discovery, BBC and PBS, and to countries as diverse as Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Poland, Spain, Greece, United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and Russia.
Currently in production; The Trial a 4 x 1 hour series for MediaWorks. The series follows a world first large scale medical study to find out if fecal transplants “poo pills” – transferring the gut bacteria of lean, healthy people into very overweight teens – can reverse their obesity.
In 2018 we teamed up with Fumes and produced Dark Tourist, 8 x 40 mins for Netflix – the first Netflix Original series commissioned out of New Zealand.
In 2017 we delivered Why Are We Fat? a 3 x 1 hour series on the world wide obesity epidemic (Acquired & now screening on Amazon Prime, & 2nd most watched documentary on Qantas flights 2017), and series 2 of Hard Stuff – 8 x 1 hour cutting-edge documentaries on contemporary social issues which has and matched the success of the first series.
Predict My Future a 4 x 1 hour series, based on the findings of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study. We were proud to work with the University of Otago on this project, the first ever TV series about this ground-breaking study and its worldwide implications. The series has already sold to 20 territories and over 70 countries and won Best Factual series at the 2017 NZ TV Awards, and a Silver medal at the New York Film and TV awards.
I am the River – a festival documentary for MTS is still creating ripples around the world having recently screened in France. OnFilm Magazine described it as “an engrossing thriller, a poetic visual essay and an important social document” and it has picked up 3 awards at the Documentary Edge Festival including Best Film. An Australian version of The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show series has screened on the Nine Network to great reviews.
The Razor Films back catalogue included the Use As Directed Series, a quirky and slightly offbeat consumer series for TVNZ6, 24 Hours – three x 1 hour documentary series comparing life on the Street with the Police in four different international cities and the Hidden In The Numbers series, which used statistical information to reveal the unseen patterns that shape our society and make us who we are today.