Barrie Everard

Distributor, Exhibitor, Producer

Barrie Everard was a significant Kiwi player in the business of movies over four decades. After distributing films in a highly competitive market, he founded the Berkeley Cinema chain. Everard produced adventure movie The Leading Edge (1987) and executive produced Never Say Die. He was the first exhibitor/  distributor to sit on the board of the NZ Film Commission, and was chair from 2002 to 2006. He died on 14 November 2016. 

But what I learnt and admired was Barrie's ability to punch above his weight, find a way through and never give up. A favourite quote, ‘to win without risk is to triumph without glory’, reminds me of Baz. Brian Eldridge describes his onetime partner in Berkeley Cinema Group, The Dominion Post, 29 November 2010