Don Selwyn

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Don Selwyn
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Born (1935-11-22)November 22, 1935
Died April 13, 2007(2007-04-13) (aged 71)

Don Charles Selwyn, ONZM (22 November 1935 – 13 April 2007) was a Maori actor and film director from New Zealand. He was a founding member of the New Zealand Maori Theatre Trust and directed the 2002 film The Merchant of Venice, the first Maori language feature film with English subtitles.[1]


Born of Ngati Kuri and Te Aupōuri descent, Selwyn grew up in Taumarunui and began his professional life as a teacher. In 1984 he began a film and television training course for Maori and Pacific Islanders. In 1992 he co-founded He Taonga Films. In 2007 the Arts Foundation of New Zealand selected him for an Icon Award, which was awarded to him privately shortly before he died.

Selwyn was made an ONZM in the 199 New Year Honours, for services to theatre, film and television.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. "Veteran Maori film-maker and actor Don Selwyn dies". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 1999 New Year Honours List, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 8 December 2012.

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