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Ivars Berzins

Cinematographer, Director

Ivars Berzins fell in love with photography aged eight, en route to TV assignments across NZ, in Norwegian fjords, and in East Timor. Berzins was chief cameraman in TVNZ's Wellington office before leaving in 1996 to start company Pacific Crews (now Pacific Screen), which he went on to run with his wife, producer Amanda Evans. These days he directs as well as films, including on documentary series New Zealand Stories.

It’s such a huge privilege to be let into peoples lives, and something I never take for granted. The ordinary can become extraordinary through the lens; and as such there are big responsibilities that come with documentary filmmaking. Ivars Berzins

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Great War Stories 4 - Bill Dobson

2017, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Dr Jessie Scott

2017, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Falaoa Tosene

2017, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Harry Varnham

2017, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Rizk Alexander

2017, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Thomas Blake

2017, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Victor Low

2017, Camera - Television

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No Ordinary Sheila

2017, Camera - Film

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Great War Stories 3 - Leslie Beauchamp

2016, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 3 - Peter Howden

2016, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - Ettie Rout

2015, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - Hāmi Grace

2015, Camera - Television

Thumbnail image for Great War Stories 2 - Lottie Le Gallais

Great War Stories 2 - Lottie Le Gallais

2015, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - Ormond Burton

2015, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - The Executed Five

2015, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - The Harper Brothers

2015, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - William Malone

2015, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories

2014 - 2018, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 1 - Bess and the War Horses

2014, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 1 - Harold Gillies and Henry Pickerill

2014, Camera - Television

Thumbnail image for Great War Stories 1 - Keith Caldwell

Great War Stories 1 - Keith Caldwell

2014, Camera - Television

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Great War Stories 1 - Lady Liverpool

2014, Camera - Television

Thumbnail image for Great War Stories 1 - Leonard Hart

Great War Stories 1 - Leonard Hart

2014, Camera - Television

Thumbnail image for Great War Stories 1 - Mark Briggs

Great War Stories 1 - Mark Briggs

2014, Camera - Television

Thumbnail image for Great War Stories 1 - Rikihana Carkeek

Great War Stories 1 - Rikihana Carkeek

2014, Camera - Television

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New Zealand Stories - Operation Restore Hope

2011, Director, Camera - Television

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My God - Ray Avery

2011, Camera - Television

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New Zealand Stories

2011, Camera, Director - Television

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New Zealand Stories - Battle at the Basilica

2011, Director, Camera - Television

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New Zealand Stories - The Womad Wrangler

2011, Camera - Television

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Laughing Samoans at Large - First Episode

2010, Camera - Television

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My God - Gareth Morgan

2009, Camera - Television

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Lost in Libya

2009, Camera - Television

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The Boy from Island Bay

2008, Cinematographer - Television

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An Abbreviated Life: Sarah's Story Living with Cystic Fibrosis

2008, Camera - Television

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Native Affairs

2013, Camera - Television

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My God

2007 - 2011, Director - Television

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Special Investigators - Episode Eight

2006, Director, Camera - Television

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Ken Douglas: Traitor or Visionary?

2006, Main Camera, Camera - Television

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Vietnam - My Father's War

2006, Sound, Camera - Television

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The Whistle Blowers

2004, Camera - Television

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Out of the Shadows

2003, Camera - Television

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The Write Stuff - Emily Perkins and Bill Manhire

1997, Field Crew - Television

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For Arts Sake

1996, Camera - Television

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For Arts Sake - In the Eye of the Beholder: Douglas Wright

1996, Camera - Television

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Assignment

1995 – 1996, Camera - Television

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Frontline - Five Days in July

1994, Camera - Television

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Asia Downunder

1996 – 2005, Camera - Television

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Marae

1998 – 2001, Camera - Television

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Holmes

1989 – 1996, Camera - Television

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Waka Huia

2000 – 2001, Camera - Television

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Tagata Pasifika

1996 – ongoing, Camera - Television

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The Big Ice

1984, Assistant Camera - Television

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Kids and Other People

1982, Assistant Camera - Short Film

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A Fated Ship

1981, Assistant camera - Television

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Close Up

1981 – 1984, 1987, Camera - Television

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Māori

1981, Assistant Camera - Short Film

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Studio Tour

1981, Camera Operator - Short Film

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Artists Prepare: Sam Hunt and Gary McCormick

1980, Assistant Camera - Short Film

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The New Zealanders

1978, Assistant Camera - Short Film

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TV One News

1982 – 1984, 1987 – 1996, Camera - Television