Former distributor, exhibitor, NZFC chair and producer Barrie Everard has died.
Everard began his career in distribution, working with Columbia Pictures NZ in the 1960s. In 1980 he established his own distribution company, Everard Films.
During his time as a NZFC board member, he produced film including Merate Mita’s Hotere, Geoff Murphy’s Never Say Die and Blerta Revisted. and The Leading Edge by Michael Firth, who died earlier this year. Everard served on the NZFC board for eight years from 1998, the last four years as Chair, Shortly after his departure from the NZFC, Everard was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2007 New Year’s Honours list.
He also created Berkeley Cinemas, which he sold to Hoyts in 2010. Hoyts, including the remaining Berkeley Cinemas, was bought by a Chinese investor in 2014.
Barrie Everard died on Monday 14 November. A service will be held at 1pm, Monday 21 November at the Ellerslie Stand, Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland. The family has requested donations to Mercy Hospice, St Mary’s Bay, in lieu of flowers.
Top image: Barrie Everard
Photo: Geoffrey Short ghsphotography.co.nz/