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Alister Barry: Making political films from Mururoa 1973 to Hot Air...

Interview – 2016

Alister Barry is the filmmaker behind a series of provocative and politically charged documentaries, most of them self-funded. His first documentary Mururoa 1973 tackled nuclear testing, and saw him on a boat headed into the middle of a bomb test zone. Over the next four decades Barry has continued to make significant political documentaries including Someone Else’s Country, The Hollow MenWildcat and Hot Air

In this ScreenTalk, Barry talks about:

  • Filming French commandos boarding his protest boat while making Mururoa 1973
  • Finding a clever way to hide his footage from the French
  • Getting ‘establishment’ funding for documentary A Nuclear Free Pacific/ Niuklia Fri Pasifik
  • Getting Pacific leaders on board for the film 
  • Why anger with the Rogernomics-era Labour Government led to the making of Someone Else’s Country
  • Wanting to create a big impact with the documentary version of Nicky Hager bestseller The Hollow Men
  • Exploring climate change — "the biggest issue of our time" — in Hot Air

This video was first uploaded on 9 February 2016, 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