The Berry Boys combines animation, historical footage and poetry to tell six stories of New Zealand soldiers fighting in World War One. The documentary's genesis was a box of forgotten negatives found in an art gallery in 1991. The studio portraits of the soldiers — taken by Wellington photographer William Berry — were taken just before they left for training camps and the battlefields of WWI. Some returned home to start new chapters in their lives; others died in battle, or in the case of Rifleman Jack L Braddock, succumbed to illnesses brought on by terrible conditions. Black Seeds musician Barnaby Weir wrote the music.
I saw the most amazing wonders: the white dusted deserts of Jordan, the water of King Solomon's pools, even the salty Dead Sea where bodies float as though on clouds ...– Soldier Burt Mossman writes home
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Opening song composed by Barnaby Weir, and performed by Estère & Barnaby Weir
Closing song 'I Know You Died' composed by Barnaby Weir, and performed by Barnaby Weir, Rei and Estère
Soundtrack also features Louis Baker and Benny Tipene