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Tony Hiles: Art films, Jack Brown Genius, and more...

Interviews - 2009

Director Tony Hiles began making commercials and documentaries in the mid 1960s; from helming staples like Country Calendar, to independent docos and art films. In 1996 he won an NZ Film Best Director award for his debut feature film Jack Brown Genius.

In this ScreenTalk, Hiles talks about:

  • Joining state television's Avalon Studios in the 1970s, where he directed game shows, music, and current affairs programmes
  • Founding production company City Associates with partner Judith Fyfe in 1980, and his experiences making local history documentaries
  • Making films with artists Michael Smither and Robin Morrison, and the fun of small crew, seat-of-your-pants shooting
  • Being brought on board as consultant producer on Peter Jackson’s break-out splatstick debut Bad Taste
  • Directing Good Taste Made Bad Taste, a making of documentary on the movie
  • His relationship with producer Jim Booth and the impact Booth's untimely death had on movie Jack Brown Genius

This video was first uploaded on 19 February 2009, 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.

Direction and Interview - Clare O'Leary, Camera and Editing - Leo Guerchmann