Curated by the NZ On Screen team
Billy Taitoko James is a Kiwi entertainment legend. His iconic ‘bro’ giggle was infectious and his gags universally beloved. This collection celebrates his screen legacy, life and inimitable brand of comedy: from the skits (Te News, Turangi Vice), to the show-stealing cameos (The Tainuia Kid), and the stories behind the yellow towel and black singlet.
Kightley (bro’Town, Sione’s Wedding) reflects on the impact of NZ’s most loved man on his career, and on Kiwi consciousness. Read more >
Billy T biographer Matt Elliott pays tribute to the entertainer he argues should, “be considered one of our great New Zealanders”. Read more >
Many thanks to Oscar Kightley and Matt Elliott for their fine background pieces, and to the various rights' holders who’ve made this collection possible.