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RIP Martyn Sanderson

Actor, writer and director Martyn Sanderson has died at the age of 71.

Born in Westport, educated at Oxford University in England, and a founder of Wellington’s Downstage Theatre, Mr Sanderson appeared in almost fifty film and television productions, including Merata Mita’s Mauri, Geoff Murphy’s Utu, Grant Lahood’s Chicken, John Laing’s Beyond Reasonable Doubt and Tony Richardson’s Ned Kelly.

He won the award for Best Supporting Role at the Film and TV Awards in 1990 for his portrayal of Frank Sargeson in Jane Campion’s An Angel at my Table. In 1989, he won the Bst Screenplay award for Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree, which he also directed, at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

He was one of fifteen actors (and several others) who sued New Line following LOTR. He was most recently seen on TV screens in Until Proven Innocent.

Naturally, tributes have been appearing in many places, including Pacific Scoop, The Herald and Downstage Theatre. NZ On Screen carries a biography which includes links to clips of some of his work.

Martyn Sanderson’s funeral service will take place at the Rangiatea Church in Otaki at 11am Monday 19th October. After the service a gathering will be he;d at the Winemaker’s Daughter, 1081, SH1 (south of Otaki).

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