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Billy T: Te Movie (2011)

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Cinema documentary feature celebrating iconic New Zealand entertainer, Billy T James.


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Credited cast:
Billy T. James ...
Himself / Various characters (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judy Bailey ...
Herself (archive footage)
Jeff Bennet ...
Barry Crump ...
(archive footage)
Laurie Dee ...
Derek Fox ...
Phil Gifford ...
Matt Gillanders ...
Theatre Manager
(archive footage)
(archive footage)
Cherie James ...
Dee Jamieson ...
Tukuroirangi Morgan ...
Jim Moriarty ...
Howard Morrison ...
Himself (archive footage)


Celebrates the life of the legendary Billy T James, New Zealand's best-loved entertainer. The film explores Billy's extraordinary talent as musician, singer, comedian, actor, writer and artist . . . it even attempts to uncover the source of his trademark giggle. With humor and love, the film tells of Billy's meteoric rise to national fame and his tragic downfall into ill-health and financial collapse. Featuring digitally re-mastered footage of Billy's performances and never-seen-before archival images, Billy T's story is set alongside interviews with his family, friends and colleagues. Audiences will leave with laughter in their hearts and tears in their eyes. Written by Sue May, publicist

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An entertaining biopic of a legend of NZ entertainment
25 August 2011 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Billy T: Te movie is compulsory viewing for all Kiwis in much the same way "Boy" is. The film doesn't really offer any shattering insights into Billy - although the stuff about his family history and growing up is interesting, as is the explanation about the controversy surrounding his burial. It is simply a heart-warming and entertaining biopic of one of the greats of the entertainment industry. Of course, there are plenty of classic sketches to enjoy and many of the interviewees in the film are greats in their own right. So for us born in the early 70s and before, settle in and enjoy the nostalgia trip. For younger ones, a great insight into Kiwi humour and a reminder that you don't need to be vulgar to be funny.

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