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John Charles

Composer, Director

The varied CV of John Charles includes composing music for classic movies Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and The Quiet Earth. Charles worked in television on both sides of the Tasman, including time as Head of Entertainment for Television One, and directing duties on landmark drama series Pukemanu and early comedy Buck House. Charles passed away on 7 May 2024. 

[John Charles' score] takes risks, and most of the time the risks come off gloriously. Pauline Kael reviewing Utu in The New Yorker