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Peter Wells

Writer, Director

Peter Wells broke ground as one of the first New Zealanders to tell gay stories on-screen. Aside from his work as an author, he explored gay and historical themes in several acclaimed drama and documentaries — including pioneering TV drama A Death in the Family, colourful big screen melodrama Desperate Remedies and Georgina Beyer documentary Georgie Girl. Wells died on 18 February 2019.

When I was a kid I was constantly dreaming of other places apart from where I lived … in some ways I treated aesthetics as an anaesthetic to help me cope with lots of things. Peter Wells in his 2001 documentary Pansy