The late Barry Barclay [Ngāti Apa] was one of New Zealand's most respected filmmakers. He directed such landmark titles as TV series Tangata Whenua, award-winning film Ngati, and The Feathers of Peace. Barclay was also a longtime campaigner for the right of indigenous people to tell their own stories to their own people.
In this ScreenTalk, Barclay talks about:
- Early days working at John O'Shea's production company Pacific Films
- Pacific's contribution to Māori filmmaking, in particular with iconic TV series Tangata Whenua
- Pacific's creative and independent spirit, and gaining inspiration from director Tony Williams
- Directing Pacific Films production Ashes, which starred a young Sam Neill as a conflicted priest
- Directing his first feature film Ngati
- Working with Pacific Films boss John O'Shea, and how O'Shea 'didn't really see skin colour'
- What it was like being 'Māori with a camera' in the early days of the Māori cultural renaissance
Note: there are some defects in the footage, which come from the original master.
Interview and Camera: Clare O'Leary and Monika Ahuriri. Editing: Alex Backhouse.
This video was first uploaded in July 2009, and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via this Creative Commons licence.