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Brian Shennan

Sound

The screen contributions of sound mixer and recordist Brian Shennan spanned more than five decades. He began his career as a trainee at the National Film Unit. From 1965 to 1984, Brian had a hand in dozens of NFU films. Then he went freelance, launching Brain Shennan Sound Limited. His CV included 500+ documentaries, 50+ TV series, many classic movies, and numerous adverts. Shennan died on 6 August 2022, aged 77.  

Brian was a good team player who enjoyed getting out on location as a field recordist after many years at the NFU inside dark studios, sound mixing many New Zealand feature films of the 1970s and 1980s. He enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life ... He considered himself very lucky to be doing a job that he loved so much. Cameraman Ivars Berzins, a longtime friend and colleague

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Mo Te Iwi: Carving for the People

2019, Sound Recordist - Film

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The Great Maiden's Blush

2015, Sound Mix - Film

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Utu Redux

2013, Original Sound Mix - Film

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Laughing Samoans at Large - First Episode

2010, Sound Recordist - Television

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The Man in the Hat

2009, Sound Recordist - Film

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Barefoot Cinema

2008, Sound Recordist - Television

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Ken Douglas: Traitor or Visionary?

2006, Sound Recordist - Television

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The Killian Curse - First Episode

2006, Sound Recordist - Television

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Leaving the Exclusive Brethren

2005, Sound - Television

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Out of the Shadows

2003, Sound Recordist - Television

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The Living Room - First Episode

2002, Sound - Television

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Titless Wonders

2001, Sound Recordist - Television

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My Name is Jane

1999, Sound - Television

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Punitive Damage

1999, Sound Recordist - Film

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The Topp Twins - Speedway

1998, Sound - Television

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The Topp Twins

1996 - 2000, Sound - Television

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For Art's Sake

1996, Sound Recordist - Television

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Hone Tuwhare

1996, Sound Recordist - Television

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Cover Story - Episode Two

1995, Sound - Television

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All About Eve

1994, Sound Recordist - Television

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Votes for the Girls

1994, Sound Recordist - Television

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The Nineties

1993, Sound - Television

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Wahine - The Untold Story

1993, Sound Recordist - Television

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Here Is The News - Wahine excerpt

1992, Sound Recordist - Television

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Gloria

1990, Sound Supervisor - Short Film

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I Am a Dancer!

1990, Sound Recordist - Television

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Moa's Ark : Building the Ark

1990, Sound Mix - Television

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Moa's Ark : Stamp of the Giants

1990, Sound Mix - Television

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Moa's Ark : To the Lifeboats

1990, Sound Mix - Television

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Ruia Taitea: The World is Where We Are

1990, Sound Recordist - Film

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Crisis: One Man's Fight

1989, Sound Mix, Sound Recordist - Television

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Send a Gorilla

1988, Sound Mix, Sound Recordist - Film

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Kai Pūrākau - The Storyteller

1987, Sound Recordist - Film

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Waka Huia

2000 - 2001, Sound Recordist - Television

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Doodlin' - Impressions of Len Lye

1987, Sound Recordist - Television

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Flight of Fancy

1987, Sound Mix - Short Film

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Tagata Pasifika

1996, Sound Recordist - Television

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Visible Passage

1987, Lead Sound Recordist - Television

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Pallet on the Floor

1986, Sound Mix - Film

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Arriving Tuesday

1986, Sound Mix - Film

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Dangerous Orphans

1986, Sound Mix - Film

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Heart of the High Country - First Episode

1985, Sound Mix - Television

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Mr Wrong

1985, Sound Mix - Film

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Shaker Run

1985, Sound Mix - Film

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The Neglected Miracle

1985, Sound Mix - Film

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Logger Rhythms

1984, Sound Mix - Short Film

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Came a Hot Friday

1984, Sound Mix - Film

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Death Warmed Up

1984, Sound Mix - Film

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Heart of the Stag

1984, Sound Mix - Film

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The Big Ice

1984, Sound - Television

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Trial Run

1984, Sound Mix - Film

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Vigil

1984, Sound Mix - Film

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Wild Horses

1984, Sound - Film

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War Years

1983, Sound Mix - Film

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Constance

1983, Sound Mix - Film

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It's Lizzie to those Close

1983, Sound Mix - Television

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Patu!

1983, Sound Mix - Film

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Strata

1983, Sound Mix - Film

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The Lost Tribe

1983, Sound Mix - Film

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Utu

1983, Sound Mix - Film

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Battletruck

1982, Sound - Film

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Off the Ground - 3, The Modern Pioneers

1982, Sound Mix - Television

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Making Utu

1982, Sound Mix - Television

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Off the Ground - 1, The First to Fly

1982, Sound Mix - Television

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Off the Ground - 2, Challenge and Crisis

1982, Sound Mix - Television

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Tour Magnifique

1982, Sound Mix - Short Film

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A Fated Ship

1981, Sound mix - Television

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Flight 901 - The Erebus Disaster

1981, Sound Mix - Television

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Māori

1981, Sound Mix - Short Film

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Pictures

1981, Sound - Film

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Smash Palace

1981, Sound Mix - Film

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Studio Tour

1981, Sound Mix - Short Film

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The Scarecrow

1981, Sound Mix - Film

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Antarctica

1980, Sound Mix - Film

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt

1980, Sound Mix - Film

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Hunchin' Down the Track

1980, Sound - Television

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Keeling Over

1980, Sound - Short Film

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Royal Albatross

1980, Sound Mix - Short Film

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Coal Valley

1979, Sound Mix - Short Film

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Cape Horn for the Hell of It - Around Cape Horn

1979, Sound Mix - Television

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Jack Winter's Dream

1979, Sound Mix - Television

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Middle Age Spread

1979, Sound Mix - Film

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Sons for the Return Home

1979, Sound - Film

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The Beehive - Concept and Function

1979, Sound Mix - Short Film

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The Kauri

1978, Sound Mix - Short Film

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The New Zealanders

1978, Sound Mix - Short Film

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Angel Mine

1978, Sound Mix - Film

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The Big Gull - Karoro

1978, Sound Mix - Short Film

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A Sense of Involvement

1977, Sound - Short Film

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Flare - A Ski Trip

1977, Sound - Short Film

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Landscape in Stamps

1977, Sound - Short Film

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The Governor 3 - The Mutinous Lieutenant (Episode Three)

1977, Sound Mix - Television

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Wild Man

1977, Sound Mix - Film

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Gottfried Lindauer in New Zealand

1976, Sound - Short Film

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Racing Rivers

1976, Sound - Short Film

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Great Crunchie Train Robbery - Cadbury Crunchie

1975, Sound Mix - Commercial

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Men and Super Men

1975, Sound - Short Film

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Four Shorts on Architecture

1975, Sound - Short Film

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Ralph Hotere

1974, Sound - Short Film

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Games 74

1974, Sound - Film

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Carnival Coast

1974, Sound - Short Film

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The State Visit to New Zealand of Their Imperial Majesties the Shahanshah Aryamehr and the Shahbanou of Iran 1974

1974, Sound - Short Film

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The Years Back

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 1, The Twentieth Century (Episode One)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 3, The Thirties (Episode Three)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 12, The Big Ice (Episode 12)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 13, The State of the Nation (Episode 13)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 7, The Women's War (Episode Seven)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 11, A Place in Asia (Episode 11)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 2, The Twenties (Episode Two)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 4, The New Decade (Episode Four)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 5, The Desert (Episode Five)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 6, The Italian Campaign (Episode Six)

1973, Sound - Television

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The Years Back - 8, Making Do (Episode Eight)

1973, Sound - Television

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Survey - The Unbelievable Glory of the Human Voice

1972, Sound - Television

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The Unspoilt Land

1972, Sound - Short Film

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The One Ton Cup 1971

1972, Sound - Film

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Aspiring

1972, Sound - Short Film

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This is New Zealand

1970, Sound - Short Film

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NZBC Classics - Wahine Disaster

1968, Sound - Television

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To Live in the City

1968, Sound - Short Film

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Pictorial Parade No. 195 - After Ninety Years

1967, Sound - Short Film

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The Young Giant Kaingaroa

1966, Sound Recordist - Short Film

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Country Calendar

1966 - 1969, Sound Recordist - Television

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Town and Around

1965 - 1970, Sound Recordist - Television

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Compass

1964 - 1969, Sound Recordist - Television