Morgan Tait

Morgan Tait is the NZ Herald's consumer affairs reporter.

Rave reviews for Kiwi star

Quentin Tarantino's 'go-to girl' stars in and produces latest dramatic action movie.

Aucklander Zoe Bell's star continues to rise in Hollywood as she gains a flurry of critical acclaim for her film Raze - a film that she starred in and produced.

The dramatic action movie premiered at New York's TriBeca Film Festival this week, hot off the back of the release of Oblivion in which she acted alongside Morgan Freeman and Tom Cruise.

Waiheke Island-born Bell was named one of the Top 10 Actors to Watch this Year at the festival by independent movie commentator Indie Wire, and has had a whirlwind of attention from US media since.

Raze premiered at the New York festival on Sunday, and has been dubbed "the female Fight Club meets Hostel". The plot centres around 50 women abducted and forced to fight for their survival for a crowd of twisted rich socialites.

A WPX interview with her featured on the LA Times website this week, and Better TV host JD Roberto also heaped praise on her.

"There's a lot going on," she told the host about her leap from behind the scenes work on films to producing and starring in her latest movie.

Bell has been described as director Quentin Tarantino's "go-to girl".

"He [Tarantino] turned up at my house with the script with my name on the cover and I actually thought he was joking at first, I took a photo of the cover to show my parents."

Acclaim for both Raze and Bell has also come from movie review websites, and from interviews with CBS and popular website Buzzfeed.

Bell attended Auckland Girls' Grammar School and Selwyn College, before pursuing her stunt woman career in Hollywood, and has won several awards for her stunts.


Kiwi stuntwoman's big hits

• 1998-2001 Xena: Warrior Princess as Lucy Lawless' stunt double
• 2003-2004 Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 as Uma Thurman's stunt double
• 2004 Catwoman as Sharon Stone's stunt double
• 2004 Double Dare as herself
• 2009 Inglorious Basterds
• 2012 Django Unchained
• 2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
• 2013 Oblivion alongside Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman
• 2013 Raze, which she both stars in and produced

- NZ Herald

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