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The Secret Life of John Rowles Television – 2008 Documentary

The Secret Life of John Rowles

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The meteoric career of one of NZ’s greatest entertainers is examined in this documentary. John Rowles went from a Kawerau childhood to stardom in London at 21; but, after headlining in Hawaii and Las Vegas, he saw it all slip away. Those roofing ads and near bankruptcy followed, but Rowles has retained his self belief and that voice. A stellar cast of interviewees — including Sir Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Neil Finn and promoter Phil Warren — analyse his strengths and weaknesses. Amongst the star cameos, John’s sister Cheryl Moana explains the downside of his best-known local hit.

Key Cast & Crew

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Glenn Elliott

Producer, Writer, Director

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Simon Mark-Brown

Producer, Writer, Director

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Howard Morrison

Subject

He is the penultimate showman.
– Sir Howard Morrison