Make way for Gaylene Preston’s feature film “Home by Christmas”

Martin Henderson plays young Ed in "Home By Christmas"

At the HISTORY MAKERS AWARDS in New York on the 27th January 2011, Gaylene Preston’s feature film HOME BY CHRISTMAS, will be alongside a selection of many other promising historical films and television story telling produced last year.  

Selected as a finalist in Best Historical Drama, HOME BY CHRISTMAS is one of five finalist nominations competing with productions from PBS USA, the ABC and Channel 4 U.K. HOME BY CHRISTMAS is the first New Zealand film to gain a finalist nomination at HISTORY MAKERS which is the leading global annual gathering of history producers and directors in film and television.

Director/Writer/Producer Gaylene Preston will attend the awards ceremony. “I am absolutely thrilled that HOME BY CHRISTMAS has been nominated. Just being there will be a real honour.”

This is the second international finalist nomination for HOME BY CHRISTMAS which won a High Commendation at the recent Asia Pacific Screen Awards for actor Tony Barry who also won Best Actor at the Qantas NZ Film Awards.

“After a successful theatrical release here, an audience accolade at the Sydney Film Festival and warm response at the London Film Festival, HOME BY CHRISTMAS is becoming ‘the little film that could!’ “ says Preston, who made the film about her parents’ experiences during World War II.

HOME BY CHRISTMAS is a film memoir of love, war and secrets starring Tony Barry, Martin Henderson and featuring her daughter Chelsie Preston Crayford who plays Gaylene’s mother Tui as a young woman.


Co/PRODUCER Sue Rogers


A Gaylene Preston Productions Production in association with Midnight Films and The Motion Picture Company, funded by the NZ Film Commission, New Zealand On Air and the Wellington Company.

HOME BY CHRISTMAS, was released by Metropolis Films with DVD distributed by Village Roadshow and will be broadcast on TV One later this year.

” Combining documentary and narrative film-making techniques with skill and imagination, Gaylene Preston has created a boldly personal film that is both sincere and significant .” 54th BFI London Film Festival

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2010 – Highly Commended: Tony Barry, by the Jury chaired by Lord David Puttnum.

Qantas Film Awards 2010 – WINNER Best Actor Tony Barry, WINNER Best Soundtrack,

Sydney Film Festival 2010 WINNER 3rd place Audience Vote

NZ Box Office – 14th highest grossing New Zealand film.

DVD Release NZ wide, Village Roadshow

To watch the trailer please follow this link: HOME by Christmas Trailer


  1. diane robinson says:

    waiting for my son to send copy of film from nz.
    edward preston was my uncle, i last met him when we were living in napier then i moved to australia, he was my mothers brother, my mother was rose preston and she had a twin brother charles i still have their baby photos which were taken in invercargill, i also still have the teapot brought over by granny butlers parents in a sailing ship in 1840.
    gaylene i am so proud of what you achieved and hope your story will be remembered by future generations of the preston family.
    waiting to see your vidio, please keep intouch by email as i do know a lot about the family history
    your cousin diane robinson nee yearsley

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