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Peter Cathro

Director, Camera Operator

In the 1980s camera operator Peter Cathro began directing music videos, including clips for Flying Nun bands Straitjacket Fits (Hail) and The Chills (I Love My Leather Jacket, which was shot in London). Cathro would go on to direct television documentaries on everything from tapu in modern society, to the Black Power gang and South Island holiday destination Glendhu Bay. Via his Auckland-based Broadcast Film School, he offered short courses in camera and sound; he also rented a range of film equipment. Peter Cathro died in May 2022.

...You can only do a certain amount of things: you can add it, you can subtract it, you can diffuse it. And you can add colour ... We use lots of things to subtract light, because lighting for character is always through shadow. Peter Cathro talks about lighting, in a February 2014 YouTube instructional video