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Tony Barry: Adopted Kiwi joker...

Interview – 2010

Despite starring in Kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie, playing 'a good true blue basic Kiwi joker' in Home by Christmas, and scoring for the All Blacks, Tony Barry marks a rare Australian entry in our ScreenTalks. The veteran actor cemented his relationship with the Kiwi screen as early as 1971, when he appeared in landmark TV series Pukemanu. Barry went on to tour New Zealand (and his homeland) in Bruno Lawrence’s genre-bending musical group Blerta, then drove a yellow mini to Invercargill in the iconic Goodbye Pork Pie.

In this ScreenTalk, Barry talks about:

  • Starring as Ed Preston, a man with a healthy disrespect for authority in Home by Christmas, Gaylene Preston’s tale of love and war
  • Pushing the boundaries as part of iconic touring group Blerta – short for the Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation and Travelling Apparition
  • The time Kiwi screen legend Bruno Lawrence first popped by to say hi
  • Trying not to get electrocuted during a hair-raising scene for Blerta movie Wild Man
  • The unforgettable experience of making Goodbye Pork Pie, and how people’s sense of freedom and rebellion is often overtaken by a desire to appear successful
  • Playing a former All Black who gets to relive former glories – and captain the team – in 1991’s Old Scores
  • Old acting mates who are no longer with us, including Blerta and Old Scores actor Martyn Sanderson

This video was first uploaded on 18 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 – Ian Pryor. Camera and Editing – Alex Backhouse