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David H Fowler

Producer, Director

As manager of the National Film Unit, David Henry Fowler oversaw the organisation's move from Miramar to Lower Hutt. In 35 years of filmmaking he worked in both government and private sectors: writing, directing, and producing memorable films ranging from commercials to features. After his career at the top was cut short by ill-health, he continued to pass on his knowledge and experience in advisory roles. 

Image credit: Archives New Zealand, ref AAQT 6421 B57

David Fowler was a distinctive fellow. First, there was his elegant attire: even when he was ill, he always looked immaculate. David Gascoigne, in an Onfilm obituary, April 1989

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Painting in an Empty Land

1981, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Jack Winter's Dream

1979, Executive Producer - Television

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The New Zealanders

1978, Executive Producer - Short Film

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The Big Gull - Karoro

1978, Executive Producer - Short Film

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A Sense of Involvement

1977, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Landscape in Stamps

1977, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Gottfried Lindauer in New Zealand

1976, Producer - Short Film

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A Train for Christmas

1975, Producer - Short Film

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Freshwater Dive

1975, Executive Producer - Short Film

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There is a Place

1975, Producer - Short Film

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Men and Super Men

1975, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Four Shorts on Architecture

1975, Producer - Short Film

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Landfall - A Film about Ourselves

1975, Producer - Television

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Children of the Mist

1974, Producer - Short Film

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A Dolphin's Story

1974, Producer - Short Film

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Ralph Hotere

1974, Producer - Short Film

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Tāhere Tikitiki - The Making of a Māori Canoe

1974, Producer - Television

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Carnival Coast

1974, Executive Producer - Short Film

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Phone

1974, Producer - Short Film

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The Years Back

1973, Writer, Producer - Television

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

1973, Writer, Producer - Television

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

1973, Writer, Producer - Television

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The Street

1973, Producer - Short Film

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The Years Back - 9, The Unquiet Ocean (Episode Nine)

1973, Producer - Television

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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Wahine Day

1973, Producer - Short Film

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 10, The Final Peace (Episode 10)

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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

1973, Producer, Writer - Television

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Roseworld '71

1972, Producer - Short Film

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Environment 1990

1972, Producer - Short Film

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Rutherford of Nelson

1972, Producer - Short Film

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The Early Days

1971, Producer - Short Film

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Dustie

1971, Producer - Short Film

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Karioitahi Beach

1971, Producer - Short Film

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Such a Stupid Way to Die

1971, Producer - Short Film

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Another Time

1970, Producer - Short Film

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The Line

1970, Producer - Short Film

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The Crown in New Zealand

1970, Producer, Writer - Television

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This is New Zealand

1970, Producer - Short Film

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These New Zealanders - Motueka

1964, Director, Editor, Writer - Television

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These New Zealanders - Taupō

1964, Editor, Writer, Director - Television

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These New Zealanders - Huntly

1964, Director, Writer - Television

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These New Zealanders

1964, Writer, Director - Television

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These New Zealanders - Benmore

1964, Writer, Director - Television

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These New Zealanders - Gisborne

1964, Writer, Director - Television

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These New Zealanders - Gore

1964, Writer, Director - Television

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Holiday for Susan

1962, Writer, Director - Short Film

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A Ship Sails Home

1962, Editor, Writer - Short Film

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From Indonesia to India

1962, Editor, Writer, Director - Short Film

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Pictorial Parade No. 129 - Twenty One Years

1962, Editor, Writer - Short Film

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France vs New Zealand (first test, 1961)

1961, Writer - Short Film

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New Zealand Grand Prix

1961, Writer, Editor, Director - Short Film

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Pictorial Parade No. 91

1959, Editor - Short Film

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Pictorial Parade No. 86 - Inside the Bag

1959, Director, Producer - Short Film

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Jetobatics

1959, Writer, Editor - Short Film

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The Lion and the Kiwi

1959, Writer, Editor - Film

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The Great Achievement

1958, Editor - Short Film

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Antarctic Prelude

1956, Editor, Writer - Short Film