Producer - Bio
Tom was recently recognised as a FUTURE LEADER of the industry in SCREEN INTERNATIONAL'S special Cannes 2015 publication, heralded as one of the top emerging producers from around the globe.
Hern has produced three feature films. One, the micro-budget-whodunnit-thriller, I'm Not Harry Jenson, which was funded entirely through private investment and was released theatrically in its home country of New Zealand to critical acclaim in 2009. Two, the eerily provocative festival darling, Everything We Loved, which he made with writer/director Max Currie in 2012/13. And three, The Dark Horse, the gritty-based-on-a-true-story-drama which recently became a box office smash ($2M) and audience fave in its home territory (of New Zealand), before launching internationally at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film received fantastic reviews and sold to all major territories around the world. The Dark Horse has gone on to win a number of awards at top film festivals (including Audience Awards at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival), and will launch theatrically in the UK, the US and other territories around the world in the coming months.
Hern also produced the short film, Lambs, in 2010 which played at a number of top film festivals around the world including Clermont Ferrand, Berlin Generation and Melbourne and won a number of awards, including both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2011.
As lead producer on The Dark Horse, Hern won the Moa-award for "Best Film" at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards.
Hern was a member of the prestigious international jury for the Berlin Film Festival (Generation Section) in 2015 and currently sits on the board of NZ Film trust, Script to Screen.