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John Feeney


Between getting his start in filmmaking with the National Film Unit, and returning to New Zealand to retire, John Feeney made his name as a director at the National Film Board of Canada; he also spent 40 years filming and photographing in Egypt. Some of his NFU films were considered to be outstanding documentaries, and two of his Canadian films were nominated for Academy Awards.

He is a brilliant product of the most fruitful period in New Zealand documentary filmmaking. His loss must be a matter of concern for all those who care about creative endeavour in New Zealand. Maurice Shadbolt in Landfall 47, September 1958, page 231