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Kete Aronui - Peter Burger Television (Excerpts) – 2006 Documentary Arts/Culture Māori

Kete Aronui - Peter Burger

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Film, television and commercials director Peter Burger (The Tattooist, Turangawaewae, Fish Skin Suit) is profiled in this episode from a bilingual series about leading artists made for Māori Television. In this extract, he traces the origins of his career to a “crazy little accident” in the form of drama lessons taken to correct a childhood lisp. His early aspirations to be an actor were soon eclipsed by a fascination with the process of directing — and making ads provided him with a chance to develop and hone storytelling skills he could apply to film and TV.  

What a great thing to be able to create a story like that, put all of this work in and actually affect people like the people in the audience are being affected around me.
– Peter Burger on how Once Were Warriors inspired him to become a director