Jack Body, composer for a trio of Vincent Ward titles and music consultant on several other films and TV programmes, has died.
Body began composing for the screen with the Geoff Murphy-directed 1974 TV drama Ueneku, the first broadcast in te reo, and The Longest Winter. His most-broadcast screen composition was the theme for Close to Home (1975-83).
Across almost 30 years, Body composed for Vincent Ward’s Vigil and two of his documentaries: In Spring One Plants Alone and Rain of the Children. Body won a Qantas award for his work Rain of the Children
He also contributed to other titles as a consultant, including Annie Goldson’s Brother Number One. Body appeared in Geoffrey Cawthorn’s doco about composer John Psathos, View from Olympus.
A member of the NZ Order of Merit since 2001, Body was named an Arts Foundation Laureate in 2004. Shortly before his death, Body became – albeit briefly – one of the 20 living artists holding the Arts Foundation’s Icon award. He was the first musician to be named one of the Icons.
Body had been fighting cancer for some time, and died on Sunday 10 May, aged 71.