After starring in feature Broken Barrier — the only New Zealand feature made in the 1950s — Terence Bayler departed for England, to continue a six-decade long acting career that has encompassed William Shakespeare, Monty Python and Harry Potter.

A studio spokesman said the fight had been most realistic. At first the studio nurse had not been able to tell the difference between the actor's real blood and Polanski's prop blood, his own special mixture which includes instant coffee. 1971 Evening Post article on Bayler's injuries during a swordfight on Roman Polanski's The Tragedy of MacBeth
Title.jpg.118x104

We Know What We Know

2010, As: Nicholas

Title.jpg.118x104

Father’s Day

2008, As: Cinema Owner

Title.jpg.118x104

Life Begins

2005, As: Jack Russell

Title.jpg.118x104

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

2001, As: The Bloody Baron

Title.jpg.118x104

Lipstick on Your Collar

1993, As: General

Title.jpg.118x104

The Other Side of Paradise

1992, As: Colonel Fawcett

Title.jpg.118x104

All at Number 20

1986, As: Mr Warren

5723.01.key.jpg.540x405

Pictures

1981, As: John Rochfort - Film

This fictionalised account of pioneering 19th century photographers the Burton brothers is set partly in Dunedin during the closing stages of the New Zealand Wars. William and Alfred take contrasting approaches to representing their subjects — and are treated accordingly by the authorities, who are attempting to attract new settlers while brutally suppressing Māori. Produced by veteran John O'Shea (who co-wrote with playwright Robert Lord), the tale of art, commerce and colonisation was largely well received as a thoughtful essay at revisionist history. 

Title.jpg.118x104

The Squad

1980, As: Commander Fenton

Title.jpg.118x104

Monty Python's Life of Brian

1979, As: Gregory

Title.jpg.118x104

The Rutles: All You Need is Cash

1978, As: Leggy Mountbatten

Title.jpg.118x104

Centre Play – Old Man March is Dead

1976, As: Major Woods

Title.jpg.118x104

Rutland Weekend Television

1975 - 1976, Various Roles

Title.jpg.118x104

A Picture of Katherine Mansfield

1973, Actor

Title.jpg.118x104

The Tragedy of MacBeth

1971, As: MacDuff

Title.jpg.118x104

Moonstrike

1963, As: Bernard

Title.jpg.118x104

Doctor Who

1966,1969, As: Yendom, As: Major Barrington

Title.jpg.118x104

You Can't Win

1961, As: Archie

Title.jpg.118x104

Man in the Moon

1960, Actor

Title.jpg.118x104

Family Tree

1958, Actor

2962.key.jpg.540x405

Broken Barrier

1952, As: Tom Sullivan - Film

By World War II locally-made movies were largely missing in action: Broken Barrier marked the first NZ dramatic feature since 1940. Its production saw makers John O'Shea and Roger Mirams crowd into a Vauxhall with a rickety dolly and two silent cameras, one picked up "from a dead German in the Western Desert". Ditching dialogue for 'spoken thoughts', the pioneering film examines cultural complications in a romance between a Pākehā journalist and a Māori nurse. According to O'Shea, some viewers considered it "a dirty movie" for spurring mixed race relationships. 

More information