Godfather of Maori movies and icon of the Aotearoa screen industry, Don Selwyn worked as teacher, actor, writer, director and producer over four decades. Don appeared in iconic kiwi movies including Goodbye Pork Pie and Sleeping Dogs, going on to create dozens of television shows and films. He directed the first Maori language feature, Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
Don fathered an entire industry of young actors and filmmakers, starting a film school for Maori & Pacific Islanders who wrote, directed and acted in groundbreaking works including the Tagata Pasifika TV drama series. His films screened at festivals around the world.
Don Selwyn died in Auckland on April 13 after a long illness and was buried in his hometown Taumaranui.
Kua hinga te totara o te wao nui a Tane
The great Totara in the forest of Tane has fallen
NZ Actors Equity
Veteran Maori film-maker and actor Don Selwyn dies
New Zealand Herald
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