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Cliff Curtis

Actor, Producer [Ngāti Hauiti, Te Arawa]

Cliff Curtis alternates a busy diet of acting in the United States (where he's forged a reputation as the actor to call on, for roles of varied ethnicity) with smaller scale New Zealand projects — including co-producing Taika Waititi smash Boy. His CV of Kiwi classics includes playing Pai's father in Whale Rider, Uncle Bully on Once Were Warriors, and bipolar chess champion Genesis Potini in The Dark Horse

I take the responsibility of playing another ethnicity very, very seriously, and I promise myself and those people that I will represent them with as much dignity and integrity as I can muster … I don’t want to make a fool of that cultural heritage. I represent them as I would represent my own. Cliff Curtis, in a 20 May 2014 interview with Slate website

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Interview

Cliff Curtis: On his classic NZ movie roles...

Interview, 2014

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Interview

ScreenTalk Short: Cliff Curtis

Interview, 2018

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Herbs - Songs of Freedom

2019, Producer - Film

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Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

2018, Executive Producer - Film

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NZ Film Commission turns 40 - Past Memories

2018, Subject - Web

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2016 Matariki Awards

2016, Subject - Television

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This is Piki - First Episode

2016, Executive Producer - Television

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The Dark Horse

2014, As: Genesis Potini, Executive Producer - Film

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Boy

2010, Producer - Film

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Taua - War Party

2007, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Eagle vs Shark

2007, Producer - Film

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Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story

2006, Subject - Television

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Frontseat - Who Can Play Māori

2006, Subject - Television

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The Speaker

2005, Executive Producer - Short Film

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The Tem Show

2005, Subject - Television

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River Queen

2005, As: Wiremu - Film

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bro'Town

2004, 2007, As: Cliff Curtis - Television

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Fracture

2004, As: Detective Franklin - Film

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One Network News - 2004 Cannes Film Festival

2004, Subject - Television

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Spooked

2004, As: Mort Whitman - Film

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Tama Tū

2004, Producer - Short Film

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Aroha - Irikura

2002, As: Tapu - Television

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Whale Rider

2002, As: Porourangi - Film

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Mataku

2002, Director - Television

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The Truth about Māori

2000, Subject - Television

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Jubilee

2000, As: Billy Williams - Film

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Beth's World

1997, Subject - Television

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The Game of Our Lives

1996, Readings - Television

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City Life

1996 - 1998, As: Daniel Freeman - Television

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Chicken

1996, As: Zeke - Film

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City Life - First Episode

1996, As: Daniel Freeman - Television

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The Game of Our Lives - Home and Away

1996, Readings - Television

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Mananui

1995, As: Mana - Short Film

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Overnight

1995, As: Jim - Television

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Greenstone

1994, Actor - Music video

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Once Were Warriors

1994, As: Bully - Film

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Desperate Remedies

1993, As: Fraser - Film

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The Piano

1993, As: Mana - Film

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Undercover

1991, As: Zip - Television