Video Vault - The young Craig Parker in Hotshotz, and Bathe in the River

Young Craig Parker

Young Craig Parker

This week we remember talented teenage filmmaker Cameron Duncan, and the Aramoana tragedy; we mark One Black Friday with The Mockers; and wish singer Hollie Smith a happy birthday with Bathe in the River.

Tomorrow is the 12th anniversary of the death of Cameron Duncan - the young filmmaker championed by Sir Peter Jackson.

The talented director, writer and actor died of cancer, aged just 17. Duncan wrote, directed and starred in the short film DFK6489 in 1991, the same year a lump in his knee turned out to be cancerous. The moving film channels Duncan's experiences into a short, stylishly-shot memoir of incarceration, frustration and freedom lost. The film went on to win a trio of awards at Wanganui's River City Film Festival.

Watch DFK6489 here:

Tomorrow is also the anniversary of the first commercial bungy jump, at Kawerau in 1988. In 2007, bungy entrepreneur AJ (Alan John) Hackett was the star of a This is Your Life programme, hosted by broadcaster Paul Henry.

The many guests on the show included childhood go-kart friends, bungying celebs and police boat chief Lloyd McIntosh, who recalls the day he witnessed Hackett leaping off Auckland Harbour Bridge as "a highlight from my career."

See This is Your Life - AJ Hackett here:

Internationally successful New Zealand actor Craig Parker celebrates his 45th birthday today. The Reign star started his acting career young with roles in Gloss and this kidult show which has become a bit of a cult favourite over the years - Hotshotz. Originally a series, but later re-cut into this TV movie, Hotshotz centres around a group of young teens fascinated by radio-controlled car racing. The show sold to 25 territories around the world.

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Watch Hotshotz here:

This Friday is November 13, which means it is another Black Friday. And what better way to mark the day than with 1980s pop heroes The Mockers and their 1985 release One Black Friday. The song's lyrics were inspired by the 1984 Queen St riot, and the music video places the band amongst the lions, acrobats, rides and sideshows of the now defunct Whirling Brothers Circus.

View One Black Friday by The Mockers here:

Friday is also the 25th anniversary of the Aramoana tragedy in 1990. David Gray murdered 13 of his neighbours in the small seaside town of Aramoana, near Dunedin. His rampage lasted 22 hours before he was gunned down by police. The 2006 feature film Out of the Blue is a dramatised re-enactment of the traumatic events. Directed by Robert Sarkies and co-written with Graeme Tetley, the gut-wrenching film was lauded at 2008's Qantas Film and TV Awards, winning most feature categories, including best film and screenplay.

View excerpts and "making of" material from Out of the Blue here:

Tuesday November 17 is the birthday of singer-songwriter Hollie Smith. Back in 2006, Smith had a hit with Bathe in the River from the Toa Fraser movie No 2. Don McGlashan wrote the rousing gospel number for a key scene in the film. The song went on to win an APRA Silver Scroll and spent 22 weeks in the charts, no doubt helped by this infectious Fraser-directed video which recreates the film's joyous, party vibe. Cast and crew gather to watch the fruits of their labour and witness a backyard performance by Smith, McGlashan and the other members of the Mount Raskil Preservation Society.

View Bathe in the River here:

 - Stuff.co.nz

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