Indigenous film pioneer Barry Barclay (Ngati Apa) was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the first World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference on 28 March 08, five weeks after his death in Aotearoa.
Barclay was posthumously awarded the inaugural Te Puni Kokiri Lifetime Achievement Award for Indigenous Television Broadcasting, Te Rerenga Tahi. His daughter Belynda, son Matt and partner Heather accepted the award on his behalf.
Maori TV’s Jim Mather said, “Barry Barclay sought to shed light on the international struggles shared by Indigenous peoples to retain autonomy over their own image by offering alternatives to the largely stereotypical representations of these cultures.”
1944 – 2008
Kiwi film-maker Barry Barclay dies
Stuff 19 Feb 08
Prominent New Zealand film-maker Barry Barclay – the first Maori to direct a feature film – has died of a heart attack aged 63.
Filmmaker Barry Barclay dies
TV One 19 Feb 08
The New Zealand Film Commission says Barclay played a major role as a passionate advocate of indigenous voices telling their own stories.
Kua hinga te totara, te kauri …
The mighty trees of the forest have fallen.
Barry (Bazza) Barclay passed away last night in Opononi, Hokianga.
The last of my mentors (and the first) is gone!
Aue … they are such big shoes we can never fill.
My first ever job on a feature film was Barry’s and what a crazy ride that was. He was a mentor for me too. Haere, haere, haere e te matua, hoki atu ki o mātua tipuna …
Barry’s mana’o greatly influenced how we approached and spoke about documentary-making (we don’t “take” anyone’s picture; they give it to us). Because of him we even write up our release forms and clearances differently (who really owns the images on tape?).
NA MAKA O KA AINA
TWO ELDERS OF INDIGENOUS FILM PASSED ON THIS PAST YEAR.
Both were prolific filmmakers and teachers who broke new ground and mentored the next generation of talent.
1932 – 2007
1936 – 2007