John is well known as a producer with an eye for talent, producing the debut feature films from a number of directors – Jane Campion, Vincent Ward, Rowan Woods, Robert Connolly, Richard Roxburgh and in 2014 Kasimir Burgess.
Maynard has launched three films In Competition in Cannes : VIGIL, THE NAVIGATOR and SWEETIE (an unrivalled Australian record). With partner Bridget Ikin; he co-produced Jane Campion’s AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE, winner of the ‘Silver Lion’ in Venice in 1990. THE BOYS, John’s first collaboration with producer Robert Connolly, debuted In Competition at Berlin in 1998.
In 2011 with partner Bridget Ikin Felix Media and the Felix Foundation were established to create screen based work from artists across cultures, formats and genres launching with Lynette Walworth’s fulldome film CORAL : REKINDLING VENUS. Full details
He has been an active independent distributor in Australia and New Zealand for more than 30 years with his company Footprint Films having a reputation for creating innovative and cost effective marketing campaigns.
John was the foundation director (1967) of the public art museum, GOVETT- BREWSTER ART GALLERY in New Zealand, which now houses the works of pioneer filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. For more than 10 years John was the Director of THE LEN LYE FOUNDATION – at the same time producing feature films.
In 2003 John was awarded an Honorary Masters Degree at the Australian Film Television and Radio School for his “commitment, as a creative producer, to ground breaking independent cinema; for nurturing new Australian talent and reflecting diverse themes of social and cultural relevance”. He is a recipient of the Australian Directors Guild highest honour, The Cecil Holmes Memorial Award for his support of directors and the ADG.