Billy T: Te Movie

Billy T: Te Movie

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Documentary celebrating the life of legendary New Zealand comedian, Billy T James. Directed by Ian Mune (Came A Hot Friday). More

The film explores Billy’s extraordinary talent as musician, singer, comedian, actor, writer and artist (and even attempts to uncover the source of his trademark giggle). The film tells of Billy’s meteoric rise to national fame and his tragic downfall into ill-health and financial collapse.

Featuring digitally re-mastered footage of Billy’s performances and never-seen-before archival images, Billy T’s story is set alongside interviews with his family, friends and colleagues.

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2011Rating: PG, contains drug references89 minsNew Zealand
ComedyDocumentary
Director:
Ian Mune ('What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?', 'Came A Hot Friday')
Writer:
Ian MunePhil Gifford
Cast:
Billy T. JamesPeter RowleyLaurie Dee

Billy T: Te Movie | Reviews

Stuff

Stuff

No aspect of Billy's life was glossed over and despite his wife Lynn not being interviewed, I think this documentary was well-rounded and definitely worth a watch.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Certainly it covers the ground, starting with the early years in Leamington, near Cambridge (where Maori were not exactly thick on the ground in 1949), and ending with a sensitive treatment of the conflict over his body - a matter sickeningly sensationalised by news media at the time. It also usefully reminds us of his astonishing musicianship.

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