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 classic Kiwi movies. Curtis won acclaim and awards after starring as troubled chess champ Genesis Potini in The Dark Horse. He has also forged a busy international acting career, and moved into producing, out of a desire to make Māori stories.
In this ScreenTalk, Curtis talks about:
I don't think there was a film before that — or a film since — that has sort of 'gone there' in that way, with our cinema, and with our culture — and turned it on its head, and offered a new possibility of who we are, and what we are, and how we behave.– Cliff Curtis describes 1993 movie Desperate Remedies