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

Interview

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

Interview, 2014

Interview

ScreenTalk Short: Cliff Curtis

Interview, 2018

Herbs - Songs of Freedom

2019, Producer - Film

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

2018, Executive Producer - Film

NZ Film Commission turns 40 - Past Memories

2018, Subject - Web

2016 Matariki Awards

2016, Subject - Television

This is Piki - First Episode

2016, Executive Producer - Television

The Dark Horse

2014, As: Genesis Potini, Executive Producer - Film

Boy

2010, Producer - Film

Taua - War Party

2007, Executive Producer - Short Film

Eagle vs Shark

2007, Producer - Film

Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story

2006, Subject - Television

Frontseat - Who Can Play Māori

2006, Subject - Television

The Speaker

2005, Executive Producer - Short Film

The Tem Show

2005, Subject - Television

River Queen

2005, As: Wiremu - Film

bro'Town

2004, 2007, As: Cliff Curtis - Television

Fracture

2004, As: Detective Franklin - Film

One Network News - 2004 Cannes Film Festival

2004, Subject - Television

Spooked

2004, As: Mort Whitman - Film

Tama Tū

2004, Producer - Short Film

Aroha - Irikura

2002, As: Tapu - Television

Whale Rider

2002, As: Porourangi - Film

Mataku

2002, Director - Television

The Truth about Māori

2000, Subject - Television

Jubilee

2000, As: Billy Williams - Film

Beth's World

1997, Subject - Television

The Game of Our Lives

1996, Readings - Television

City Life

1996 - 1998, As: Daniel Freeman - Television

Chicken

1996, As: Zeke - Film

City Life - First Episode

1996, As: Daniel Freeman - Television

The Game of Our Lives - Home and Away

1996, Readings - Television

Mananui

1995, As: Mana - Short Film

Overnight

1995, As: Jim - Television

Greenstone

1994, Actor - Music video

Once Were Warriors

1994, As: Bully - Film

Desperate Remedies

1993, As: Fraser - Film

The Piano

1993, As: Mana - Film

Undercover

1991, As: Zip - Television