New Zealand has lost one of its most promising film-makers with the death of Brad McGann. Just 43, he had been fighting cancer for some years.

McGann directed the international hit In My Father's Den in 2004.

The film won ine awards at the New Zealand Screen Awards in 2005 including Best Picture and Best Director and the critics prize at the Toronto Film Festival.

'Brad was someone with whom many of us had a close connection and in
some cases a deep personal friendship. He was a wonderful filmmaker
whose feature In My Father's Den is one of the finest films New
Zealand has produced,' said NZFC Chief Executive Dr Ruth Harley.

Brad McGann began his career in short films where he achieved high
success especially with Possum (1997).

'That Brad's career was cut short by illness is a terrible loss,' Dr
Harley said.