The New Zealand Film Commission has presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran producer/director John O’Shea, OBE.

O’Shea produced and directed the only three features made in New Zealand between 1940 and 1970 (“Broken Barrier,””Runaway,””Don’t Let It Get You”).

Those pix were the catalyst for the late-’70s renaissance in N.Z. films, initiated through an O’Shea-lead campaign for state recognition of independent filmmaking.

He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Film Commission.

He has since produced five other features, including “Leave All Fair” and “Ngati.”

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