Cliff Curtis has appeared in and produced some of New Zealand’s most successful films. An award-winning actor, Curtis’s feature film debut was in The Piano (1993). Further work in local films like Once Were Warriors (1994) and Oscar® nominated Whale Rider (2002) garnered him international attention. He has gone on to Hollywood blockbusters including Training Day (2001), Blow (2001) and The Fountain (2004), also with acclaimed directors that include Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, and Danny Boyle. Before creating production company Arama Pictures in 2013 to foster the telling of indigenous stories, he also formed Whenua Films with Ainsley Gardner which produced Taika Waititi’s comedies Eagle vs Shark (2007) and the APSA nominated Boy (2010), which became the highest-grossing New Zealand film of all time. Curtis will also be starring in the upcoming four Avatar films (2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025).
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