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George Henare: Acting on screen and stage...

Interview – 2010

George Henare is acting royalty in New Zealand with a huge body of work in theatre, television and movies. His first screen performance was as a suspected killer in the 1976 TV play The Park Terrace Murder. From there Henare starred as Hone Heke in the epic TV drama The Governor. Moving to the big screen, Henare portrayed the evil tohunga in The Silent One. Henare's other film and television credits include Mercy Peak, Shortland Street, Hercules and Xena, Rapa Nui, Once Were Warriors, and The Legend of Johnny Lingo.

In this ScreenTalk, Henare talks about:

  • The responsibility of representing a historical ancestor in The Governor
  • Having his entire body waxed to play a villain in The Silent One
  • Being blown away by the intensity of the story-telling in Once Were Warriors
  • His first experience of budget ‘downsizing’ on the set of Crooked Earth
  • Fantastic catering and an awkward child co-star on Hercules
  • Playing the father of a gay son in Nights in the Gardens of Spain
  • Having his role in the The Lovely Bones dramatically downsized
  • And why he believes evil characters are the real heroes
This video was first uploaded on 31 May 2010, 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