Kiwi-Czech filmmaker Michael Havas is a graduate of the Prague Film Academy, FAMU. Since 1972 Michael Havas has written, directed or produced over 60 films, many of which have received international awards. He is respected in New Zealand as the author and director of the first feature documentaries shot about the famous 28th Maori Battalion which he made in the 1970s at a time when there were no Maori filmmakers. Today his trilogy Once upon an Island (1975), Sons of Tu Mata Uenga (1977) and Beyond the Battalion (2017) is considered a national treasure. In 1982 Havas started working with Jan Švankmajer and secretly engineered Švankmajer´s first full length feature, Alice (1988), followed in 1994 by Faust. In 1990 Havas researched and line-produced 10 films for the BBC on post-Velvet Czechoslovakia which were screened during the fortnight preceding the first free elections under President Havel. In 2015 he co-authored a 3D feature length wildlife documentary Aldabra on the world´s second largest atoll in the Seychelles, narrated by Pierce Brosnan. Apart from the BBC he has worked with Channel 4, ARD, ZDF, ORF, TVNZ, ČT, Maori TV and has produced animation for Peter Gabriel, MTV and Virgin Records.