The Monkeys on Our Backs

Director / Producer / Editor

Depression among farmers and the effects of 'Groundhog Day' have taken a grip on rural families all over New Zealand. The Monkeys on Our Backs provides an insight into the lives of rural Kiwis and seeks to explore how mental health issues have affected Kiwi farmers and their families.

WINNER: IMDb New Filmmaker of the Year: People’s Choice Award
FINALIST: IMDb New Filmmaker of the Year

As featured in The New Zealand HeraldNewshubWatchMe & Hawkes Bay Today

directed by Hunter Williams

produced by Hunter Williams & Anna Allum

executive produced by P.G. King Family Trust

director of photography Devan Narsai

first AC (Wellington) Gabby Pittar

edited by Hunter Williams


Lisa Kendall

Leyton King

Terry Copeland

Michelle Thompson

Sarah Donaldson

Lon Anderson

Gretchen King

with thanks to:

Everyone who has shared their story with us

The Rural Support Trust

Canon New Zealand

Matt Shirtcliffe

Neil Bateup

David Todd

Julia Paul

Philip King

Gordon Barry

Tom Duncan

Ferguson’s Motor Lodge

Using Format