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Keith Aberdein

Writer, Actor

Keith Aberdein is probably best known for playing the small-town policeman who arouses Bruno Lawrence's ire in classic 1980s movie Smash Palace. But his screen work covers many angles: from reporting on the Wahine disaster, to producing and directing, to writing arguably the most ambitious television drama in New Zealand's history.

People look at us and think, ‘three million people, how do you do it?' Keith Aberdein in a 1985 issue of Onfilm, on New Zealand’s film and television industry

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Interview

Keith Aberdein: Scripting NZ classics...

Interview, 2010

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Interview

RNZ Interview: The Governor - Keith Aberdein & Trisha Dunleavy

Interview, 2022

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Utu Redux

2013, Writer - Film

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I Was There - Wahine Disaster

2013, Reporter - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 1 - From One Channel to One Hundred

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Subject - Television

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The Making of Smash Palace

2004, Subject - Short Film

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Angela D'Audney - A Tribute

2002, Subject - Television

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Numero Bruno

2000, Subject - Television

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The Last Tattoo

1994, Writer - Film

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Here is the News

1992, Subject - Television

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Here Is The News - Wahine excerpt

1992, Subject - Television

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Inside Straight - Card Game (Episode Seven)

1984, Creator, Writer - Television

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Inside Straight

1984, Creator, Writer - Television

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Iris

1984, Writer - Television

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Wild Horses

1984, As: Mitch - Film

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Close to Home - Final Episode

1983, Writer - Television

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Hooks and Feelers

1983, As: Father - Short Film

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Utu

1983, Writer - Film

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Loose Enz - Graham's Mum and the Goulden Tour

1982, Script Editor - Television

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Carry Me Back

1982, Writer - Film

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Loose Enz - The Venus Touch

1982, Director, Writer - Television

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Jocko - Man with a Gun

1981, As: Tom - Television

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Flight 901 - The Erebus Disaster

1981, Writer - Television

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Jocko

1981 - 1983, As: Tom - Television

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Smash Palace

1981, As: Ray Foley - Film

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

1980, Writer - Television

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Mortimer's Patch

1980 - 1984, Writer - Television

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Nutcase

1980, Writer - Film

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Middle Age Spread

1979, Writer - Film

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The Governor

1977, Actor, Writer - Television

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The Governor 4 - He Iwi Ko Tahi Tatou / Now We Are One People (Episode Four)

1977, Writer, As: Drummond Hay - Television

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The Governor 5 - The Lame Seagull (Episode Five)

1977, Writer - Television

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The Governor 1 - The Reverend Traitor (First Episode)

1977, Writer - Television

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The Governor 2 - No Way to Treat A Lady (Episode Two)

1977, Writer - Television

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The Governor 3 - The Mutinous Lieutenant (Episode Three)

1977, Writer - Television

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The Governor 6 - To the Death (Episode Six)

1977, Writer - Television

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The Making of The Governor

1977, Subject - Television

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Epidemic - Hemi Te Koaka (First Episode)

1976, Writer - Television

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Moynihan

1976 - 1977, Writer - Television

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The God Boy

1976, Script Editor - Television

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On the Day

1975, Writer - Television

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Close to Home

1975 - 1983, Director, Writer, Producer, Actor - Television

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Nationwide

1974, Reporter - Television

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Nationwide Skits - Fred Dagg and Company

1974, Reporter - Television

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Section 7

1972, Writer - Television

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Pukemanu

1972, Writer - Television

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Tank Busters

1970, Actor - Television

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John Rowles, Ladies and Gentlemen

1969, Director - Television

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M'Lady

1969, Director - Music video

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NZBC Classics - Wahine Disaster

1968, Reporter - Television

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Town and Around

1065 - 1969, Reporter (Wellington) - Television

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Compass

1964 - 1969, Reporter - Television