ScreenTalk: Leon Narbey

Leon Narbey
Acclaimed Director of Photography Leon Narbey has had a hand in many of New Zealand’s best known films.

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Acclaimed Director of Photography Leon Narbey has had a hand in many of New Zealand’s best known films. He directed the feature film, Illustrious Energy, in 1987, and has been the DOP on other major film projects such as Desperate Remedies; The Price of Milk; and the smash hit Whale Rider.

His most recent films were the Topp Twins doco Untouchable Girls and Samoan language feature The Orator.

In this ScreenTalk interview, Narbey talks about:

  • How directing Illustrious Energy was one of his greatest achievements
  • Resisting attempts to shoot the film in a studio
  • The challenges of filming Desperate Remedies in a wharf shed
  • Chaos caused by the number of sets that had to be built
  • The difficulties of creating realistic whales on the set of Whale Rider
  • Taking a long ‘organic’ approach to filming Rain of the Children with director Vincent Ward
  • Working in freezing conditions on the set of Dean Spanley

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence

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13 Sep 2011

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