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Cliff Curtis: On his classic NZ movie roles...

Cliff Curtis: On his classic NZ movie roles...

Interviews - 2014

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From playing a human mule in The Piano, a dandy in Desperate Remedies and the hated Uncle Bully in Once Were Warriors, actor Cliff Curtis has appeared in a number of Kiwi classics. Curtis won acclaim and awards after playing troubled chess champ Genesis Potini in The Dark Horse. He has also forged a busy international acting career, and moved into work as a producer, because of his desire to make Māori stories.

In this ScreenTalk, Curtis talks about:

  • The pros and cons of helping carry a musical instrument in The Piano 
  • Being challenged by the sexuality of his character in Desperate Remedies
  • Being unsure if he wanted the film Once Were Warriors to be made
  • Detaching himself from the role of Bully in the movie
  • Loving the romance of the film Whale Rider
  • The “torturous” path of River Queen 
  • How The Dark Horse is the defining moment of his career
  • Hating having to gain weight for the role
  • The reason he became a film producer

This video was first uploaded on 24 November 2014, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside