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Don Selwyn

Actor, Director [Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri]

Don Selwyn, ONZM, was an actor, casting director and mentor to a host of talented Māori who went on to work in film and television. Selwyn’s long acting resume includes 1970s historical epic The Governor and police show Mortimer’s Patch. He also directed The Māori Merchant of Venice, the first feature film in te reo Māori.

He saw both the dark and the light of what it means to be human. He told us about it, and what to do. Tainui Stephens

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 7 - Taonga TV

2010, Subject - Television

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Aroha - He Pōraruraru

2002, English subtitles - Television

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Aroha - Irikura

2002, As: Kahu, English subtitles - Television

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Aroha - Mataora

2002, English subtitles - Television

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Aroha - Tiare

2002, English subtitles - Television

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Aroha - Haka and Siva

2002, English subtitles - Television

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Aroha - Te Ao Mahana

2002, English subtitles - Television

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Dalvanius

2002, Narrator - Television

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Mercury Lane

2001, Subject - Television

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Crooked Earth

2001, Casting - Film

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Greenstone

1999, Associate Producer - Television

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Greenstone - First Episode

1999, Associate Producer - Television

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

1999, Casting - Film

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Duggan: Death in Paradise

1997, As: Superintendent Tom Frykberg - Television

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Tala Pasifika

1996 - 1999, Executive Producer - Television

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Broken English

1996, Consultant - Māori Language and Culture - Film

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Tala Pasifika - A Day in the Life

1995, Executive Producer - Television

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Tala Pasifika - Brown Sugar

1995, Executive Producer - Television

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Tala Pasifika - Malama

1995, Executive Producer - Television

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Tala Pasifika - Talk of the Town

1995, Executive Producer - Television

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Tala Pasifika - The Cat's Crying

1995, Executive Producer - Television

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Tala Pasifika - The Hibiscus

1995, Executive Producer - Television

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Billy T James - A Celebration

1995, Subject - Television

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Mananui

1995, Drama Consultant - Short Film

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Peach

1995, As: Grocer - Short Film

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Marlin Bay - Series Three, Episode 11

1994, As: Tom Burrows - Television

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Once Were Warriors

1994, Casting Director - Film

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The Last Tattoo

1994, As: Bill Davin - Film

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Te Marae - A Journey of Discovery

1992, Producer - Television

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Marlin Bay

1992 - 1994, As: Tom Burrows - Television

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Pounamu - Āpirana Ngata 1874 - 1950

1990, Narrator - Television

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How D'ye Do Mr Governor

1989, Presenter - Television

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The Champion - Yankee Soldier

1989, As: Bob Davies - Television

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E Tipu e Rea - Variations on a Theme

1989, Director - Television

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Gordon Bennett

1989, As: First driver - Short Film

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Mauri

1988, As: Old Cop, Production Supervisor - Film

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Never Say Die

1988, Casting - Film

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Steel Riders - Bloodstones (First Episode)

1987, As: Mr Enderby, As: Voice of The Spook - Television

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Te Māori - A Celebration of the People and their Art

1985, Narrator - Short Film

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Mesmerized

1984, As: Jospeh - Film

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Came a Hot Friday

1984, As: Norm Cray - Film

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Mortimer's Patch - Nothing Changed (Series Three, Episode Six)

1984, As: Sergeant Bob Storey - Television

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Kaleidoscope - Bruce Mason 1921-1982

1983, Subject - Television

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The Lost Tribe

1983, As: Sergeant Swain - Film

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Loose Enz - The Protesters

1982, As: Toki - Television

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Mortimer's Patch - Day of Judgement (First Episode)

1980, As: Sergeant Bob Storey - Television

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Mortimer's Patch

1980 - 1984, As: Sergeant Bob Storey - Television

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People Like Us

1978 - 1981, Director - Television

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Death of the Land

1978, Actor - Television

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The Governor

1977, Māori Liaison, As: Wiremu Tamehana - Television

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The Governor - He Iwi Ko Tahi Tatou (Episode Four)

1977, As: Wiremu Tāmihana, Māori Liaison - Television

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The Governor - The Lame Seagull (Episode Five)

1977, As: Wiremu Tāmihana - Television

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Sleeping Dogs

1977, As: Ben Taupiri - Film

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The Governor - The Reverend Traitor (Episode One)

1977, Māori Liaison - Television

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The Making of The Governor

1977, Subject - Television

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Epidemic - Hemi Te Koaka (First Episode)

1976, As: Sam Potare - Television

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Moynihan

1976 - 1977, As: Ben Ngata - Television

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Winners & Losers: Big Brother, Little Sister

1976, As: Pera - Television

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Rangi's Catch

1973, As: Mr Rukahia (Rangi's father) - Film

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Pukemanu

1971 - 1972, Actor - Television

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NZBC Actors' Workshops

1967, Subject - Television