The kitchen has employed a bunch of family and friends over the years, and the (now grown-up) kids still help out from time to time. Although they don’t work in the industry full-time, they’re the third generation of Hardy’s family to have been part of it. Her father worked for TVNZ, or the NZBC as it was known in those days. Sadly, he died when Hardy was six, but maybe something rubbed off as she’s ended up in a similar industry.
“When we took the lease on the kitchen, we knew it had a shower,” Hardy explained, “so if things turned to custard we could rent out our house and go live there.” Happily, that’s never been necessary. Hardy and Mar have resisted any temptation to expand Marvel significantly, not wanting the stresses or responsibilities of operating a larger concern. “We wanted to be able to have time off,” Hardy said.
Although most of Marvel’s work is around Auckland, they’ve recently had a truck down in Wellington for visiting feature Ghost in the Shell.
“I always thought I’d go back to features,” Hardy said, before admitting, “Now I’ve not got the desire, although I would go back for a local project.”
She enjoys forays into local short films and occasional documentary work. The closest she’s come to a feature in the last several years was Leanne Pooley’s Untouchable Girls, production managing for the shoots of the Topp Twins’ concerts here and in Australia.
“It’s not rocket science, what we do,” Hardy reckons. “It’s mostly about how you get on with others.
“Most people improve with age.”
Keith is the editor of SCREENZ, and the co-creator and founding editor of CREWED.