Documentaries, films, radio and TV
Richard and his instruments have been included on a number of documentaries and films, and on the radio and TV. Below is a selection.
He Ara Puoro :: A Pathway of Song
Recorded in the bush at The Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington, He Ara Puoro is a collaboration between Richard Nunns and Radio New Zealand, whereby Richard plays and begins to describe the many traditional Maori instruments in his collection.
Thirty-four eight-minute segments feature Richard playing an instrument and then talking about its individual history and context.
He Ara Puoro, RadioNZ
Richard contributed to the sound tracks on the following films and documentaries
A light among shadows, 2007
Michael Heath’s film tells the story of Edith Collier, one of New Zealand’s most talented yet underrated artists (1885-1964). Told with sensitivity and respect, it includes much of her extraordinarily beautiful work. It is not only a fitting eulogy to a remarkable artist, but an affecting tale of cultural identity and rejection. Additional music by Richard Nunns.
Very entertaining, often hilarious no-budget mock documentary about a fictional land rights claim. NZ Herald
The land has eyes, 2003
Writer and director, Vilsoni Hereniko
A film made in Fiji, composers: Richard Nunns and Clive Cockburn
Shamed by her village for being poor and the daughter of a convicted thief, Viki is inspired and haunted by the Warrior Woman from her island’s mythology.
Whale Rider, 2002
South Pacific Pictures
Lord of the Rings
by Mita te Tai
Flight of the Albatross, 1996
Top Shelf/Fritz Wagner co-production
Sarah, a teenage German, travels to New Zealand to visit her ornithologist mother, working on Great Barrier Island. She meets Mako, an angry Maori recently released from prison, and they slowly become friends. Trouble begins when they visit a cursed mountain.
Breath of Peace, 2005
Producer/director: Kathleen Gallagher
Music: Ian McDonald, Richard Nunns and Aroha Yates-Smith
Sprinkled with moments of humour, this film celbrates humanity and creates a touchstone of hope for the future, it honours the intrinisic human desire to live peacfully. Tui Motu Interislands, 2005