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Lew Pryme's life was a wild ride that took in everything from rock and roll to rugby before it was cut short by AIDS in 1990 (he was 51). This moving documentary interviews an ailing Pryme reflecting on his journey and (still secret) sexuality; it follows him from Waitara to becoming one of the most popular hip-swinging music stars of the 60s. He went on to manage singers Mark Williams, Rob Guest and Tina Cross; and in the early 80s he became the first executive director of Auckland Rugby Union, introducing cheerleaders and 'pizazz' to Eden Park.

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 Amanda Millar
 Max Adams
 Lew Pryme

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 Pam Ford

Pam Ford

Very moving. Thank you.

 Patrick Lewis Wightman

Patrick Lewis Wightman

Thanks Choc. Ive got music as a hobby and i plan to keep it like that unless i really feel this what i want. But thanks for the advice! Experience is the best teacher :)

 Choc Eriwata

Choc Eriwata

Goodluck with the music Patrick i`m a retired muso and had alot of fun over the 30 something years but don`t do it to make money because there`s no real money in it unless you crack the bigtime. But as i said lots of fun and experiences.
Regards Choc.

 Patrick Lewis Wightman

Patrick Lewis Wightman

It was very bizarre watching this as Lew is, in fact, my late Great Uncle. I have heard a lot about him but this documentary is solid proof of what an influential man he was. It is too bad that he died before when I was born in 1993. Something my mother Sue (Lew's niece) did to carry on his name was to give it to me as my middle name. I feel proud. The funny thing is that I love music and I'm looking to start up a band this year during uni! Ah, Life's a funny thing.

 Choc Eriwata

Choc Eriwata

I grew up in Waitara in the 50/60`s and remember Lew well working in Colin King`s music shop so sad to watch this.

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He brought a new pizazz to the spectacle of Eden Park. No longer did you go along and watch brass bands (with respect to brass bands). Lew changed the whole thing to a day's family entertainment. 
We know that instead of planning on another 20 or 30 years, that we have to fit that into the next three to five years. And so every day when you get up you make a concerted effort to enjoy yourself. 
I don't think so ... that might be an indictment on New Zealand attitudes still. There's a generation out there that's still very prejudiced, still very jaundiced. I think I would have the support of one or town people and that support I would truly appreciate ... but, no, I don't think so.