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Inside Out - Genesis Potini

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2003

This episode of Inside Out is narrated by Genesis Potini, the Gisborne chess prodigy and mental health advocate who inspired movie The Dark Horse. Potini talks about his work with the Eastern Knights, an inclusive chess club he founded to serve his wider Ngāti Porou community. Potini is a natural showman, swapping chess pieces and put-downs in a game of speed chess with his mate 'Jedi'. At a meeting for mental health awareness project Like Minds, he recalls the breakdown that led to his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This episode is a shortened version of Jim Marbrook's award-winning 70-minute documentary Dark Horse.

He's a bit loud, sometimes! It's always different, he's always changing.
– Liz Potini describes her husband Genesis Potini

Key Cast & Crew

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Toni Ringrose

Production Manager

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Bryan Williams

Series Producer

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Gregor Boyd


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Jim Marbrook

Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Sound Recordist

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Neil Newcombe

Sound Mix

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Mike Wrathall

Additional Sound Recordist

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Long White Cloud Productions