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John Earnshaw


English cameraman John Earnshaw moved downunder in 1975, just as the local screen industry was hotting up. A director of photography on hundreds of commercials, he shot two feature-length projects: cult movie Angel Mine, one of the earliest entries in the Kiwi movie renaissance, and TV movie A Woman of Good Character. He passed away on 3 March 2014, leaving behind him a passion project involving a mysterious Boeing aircraft.

As a first time feature film maker, I was in awe of John Earnshaw's good humour and supportive professionalism. With his stories of famous directors I admired, and his love of witty word play, he made me feel at ease as a novice director and encouraged me to follow my vision, which he captured beautifully. Angel Mine director David Blyth