English born and trained, Rick Spurway co-edited legendary 70s series Tangata Whenua during a life-changing four year stint down under. Later a number of Kiwi film talents (including Spurway’s Pacific Films colleague Barry Barclay) spent time in his London cutting rooms. Having directed and edited many documentaries through his UK production company Spurfilm, Spurway is now producing doco projects in Transylvania.
I learned a deep respect for the Māori people and their culture, and discovered a profound spiritual awareness of the natural world around me. I have never forgotten these lessons wherever I am working on this planet - especially among ethnic minorities. Rick Spurway, on working in New Zealand