Next Goal Wins, a film by Taika Waititi, follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamously known for their brutal 31-0 loss in 2001
Rachel House (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga) is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded actors. She has had a long and celebrated career both locally and internationally, traversing stage, television and film.
Most recently, Rachel House can be seen in the Apple TV series’ FOUNDATION and soon-to-released TIME BANDITS, the HBO Max series OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH 2 and the Netflix series’ HEARTBREAK HIGH and COWBOY BEBOP.
Highlights of her career include feature films MOANA, THOR: RAGNAROK, BOY, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, PENGUIN BLOOM, COUSINS, and recently released MILLIE LIES LOW, GOING GOING, NEXT GOAL WINS and THE PORTABLE DOOR. She is also a celebrated voice artist having starred in SHERWOOD, THE LION GUARD, UNDERGROUND UGLIES, AMPHIBIA, and recently released PRINCESS AND PONY, 100% WOLF and KOALA MAN.
As an acting coach she has worked alongside Jane Campion for TOP OF THE LAKE and THE POWER OF THE DOG; and with Taika Waititi on BOY, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE and JOJO RABBIT.
House has just finished directing her debut feature film THE MOUNTAIN. Prior to this, House studied at Prague Film School, where she won ‘Best Director’ and the audience award for her two short films. She is an award-winning theatre director, most notably for the Te Reo Māori version of TROILUS AND CRESSIDA performed at the Globe Theatre in London. She has also directed commercials for ASB with Curious Films, and Auckland Transport with Adrenalin. The road safety “Yeah, nah” commercials aimed specifically at young Māori (which she also wrote) went viral garnering over a million hits.
In recognition of her significant contributions to the film and television industry, House has been awarded an Arts Laureate, NZ Order of Merit, ‘Mana Wahine’ from WIFT and Te Waipuna a Rangi (Matariki Awards) as an actor and director.
Press release from Searchlight Pictures.