For 23 years, Maxine worked as an international film professional across cinema exhibition and distribution; international award platforms and festival directorship career sectors, conversing & collaborating with world cinema greats; engaging with international film professional peers of high excellence; and travelling to international festivals as jury-member or special guest. She has peer-reviewed thousands of cinematic works across her career and is an advocate for diversity on screen. She holds a cinema speciality of Asia Pacific.
In 2007, Maxine was instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and APSA Academy.
Across her career she established and worked in platforms that have supported new filmmakers via script funds and international film incubator forums. She established the Young Cinema Award for APSA to honour emerging talent. She has also been Artistic Director of two international film festivals.
DEATH in the CITY is her first international feature-length film, during a mid-career transition to producer, under the mentorship tutelage of world-renowned Turkish producer Zeynep Atakan (producer of master filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films including the Palme d'Or winning Winter Sleep and Elia Suleiman's Cannes 2019 double-winner It Must Be Heaven). Previously she was Associate Producer on a documentary series aired on CNN International for three years - Scene by Scene: Films and Filmmakers of Asia Pacific.
“This beautiful, spellbinding film, a weaving of cultural anthropology and visual poetry, explores sacred traditions and rituals as deep and complex as the mystery of death itself...