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The Secret Life of John Rowles Television (Full Length) – 2008 Documentary

The Secret Life of John Rowles

Television (Full Length) – 2008 Documentary

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The meteoric career of one of NZ’s greatest entertainers is examined in this documentary. John Rowles went from a Kawerau childhood to stardom in London at 21; but, after headlining in Hawaii and Las Vegas, he saw it all slip away. Those roofing ads and near bankruptcy followed, but Rowles has retained his self belief and that voice. A stellar cast of interviewees analyse his strengths and weaknesses, including Sir Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Neil Finn and late promoter Phil Warren. Amongst the star cameos, John’s sister Cheryl Moana explains the downside of his best-known local hit.

Key Cast & Crew


Glenn Elliott

Producer, Writer, Director


Simon Mark-Brown

Producer, Writer, Director

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Howard Morrison


He is the penultimate showman.
– Sir Howard Morrison