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The Berry Boys

Television (Full Length) – 2014

The Berry Boys combines animation, historical footage and poetry to tell six stories of Kiwi soldiers fighting in World War l. 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

Key Cast & Crew

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Paul Sutorius


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Nic McGowan

Sound Recordist, Sound Design, Sound Mix

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Barnaby Weir


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Tim Gibson


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Yvonne Mackay

Director, Producer

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Steve Boniface

As: Photographer

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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