Although best-known for his work in Australia, producer David Hannay was New Zealand born and raised. Hannay, who passed away on the last day of March in 2014, was an enthusiastic producer and film lover whose 50 plus credits included Anglo-Kiwi mini-series Savage Play, movie Solo, and cult Aussie biker classic Stone.

He was a fighter and an optimist. No matter how bad things were, he always put on a cheerful face. I will always remember him, beard in full flight, strolling up the Rue d'Antibes at Cannes... Australian producer Sue Milliken

Once Around the Sun

2012, Executive Producer - Film

Not Quite Hollywood

2008, Subject - Film

Lunch with Madame Murat

2007, Producer - Television

A Divided Heart

2005, Producer - Film


2001, Producer - Film


2001, Producer - Film

Stone Forever

1999, Subject, Executive Producer - Television

Love in Ambush

1997, Producer

Savage Play - Part One

1995, Producer - Television

In the first episode of this dramatic mini-series based on the 1888-89 tour of Great Britain by the NZ Natives rugby team, Pony (Peter Kaa from movie Te Rua) must leave his mother (Rena Owen) and grandfather (Wi Kuki Kaa), to join the side. His motivation isn’t just rugby related — he hopes to find his English father who he has never met. The Natives have an early supporter in an Earl (Ian Richardson of House of Cards) who is a rugby fan intrigued by the novelty of these “savages”. Meanwhile, his granddaughter (Liza Walker) discovers an interest of her own — Pony.

Savage Play - Part Three

1995, Producer - Television

In the third episode of this drama based on the 1888-89 tour of Great Britain by the NZ Natives rugby team, the romance between Pony and Charlotte is gathering momentum. Charlotte’s grandfather — the Earl — might be alarmed by the tryst, but the Cambridge University rugby team has a far blunter way of expressing their displeasure with a Māori rugby player trying to cross class and racial lines. In the face of such opposition, Charlotte and Pony attempt to follow their hearts, but can they resist the pressures now being exerted by both of their cultures?

Savage Play - Part Two

1995, Producer - Television

In the second episode of this drama based on the 1888-89 tour of Great Britain by the NZ Natives rugby team, Pony — one of the side’s stars — is courted by society and invited to shoot with the Prince of Wales; and his Māori blood is also a novelty in the music halls. He’s hoping to renew his acquaintance with Charlotte — the granddaughter of a rugby loving Earl — but there are matches to be played in London. Locating his English father is far from heart warming, but his disappointment is more than compensated for as Charlotte follows him to the city.

Dead Funny

1994, Producer - Film

Frontline - Kiwis Cannes Do

1994, Subject - Television

The 1994 Cannes Film Festival turned out to be a very good year for New Zealand: a little movie called Once Were Warriors began its rise to glory, and some even smaller films did big things. Frontline reporter Ross Stevens was in France to capture the action — from impressed reactions to Warriors, to the 'film is a business' talk of NZ Film Commission chair Phil Pryke. Director Grant Lahood's short film Lemming Aid comes second in the official competition, and the festival screens a special season of Kiwi shorts — only the second such event in Cannes history.

Gross Misconduct

1993, Producer - Film

The Returning

1990, Executive Producer - Film

The Shadowed Mind

1988, Writer, Producer - Film


1987, Executive Producer - Film

Death of a Soldier

1986, Producer - Film

Early Frost

1982, Producer, Director - Film


1977, Producer - Film

Solo is a story about three people on the edge of nowhere, struggling to decide how much of themselves to share with those they care about. Young Australian hitchhiker Judy romances solo Dad Paul, who finds peace flying fire patrol planes above the forest. Paul's precocious son reacts badly to losing pole position to Judy, and takes to the air. Inspired partly by the oft-painful times when we are "more acutely in touch” with our emotions, Tony Williams' romance helped launch the Kiwi movie renaissance. But as he writes in the backgrounder, there was no fun in filming it three times. 

Is There Anybody There?

1975, Executive Producer - Television

The Man from Hong Kong

1975, Producer - Film


1974, Executive Producer - Film

Number 96

1974, Associate Producer - Film

Jesus Christ Superstar (Australian documentary)

1972, Associate Producer - Television

The Marty Feldman Show

1972, Producer - Television

The Set

1970, Producer - Film

You Can't See Round Corners

1967, Actor - Television