Vale Bill Gavin

Screen executive Bill Gavin, known for some wonderful NZ films, cut his professional teeth in London and became a force in the expansion of Hoyts in Australia.

Once upon a time, a determined sales agent and production executive could set up a career which would resonate beyond their death. Bill Gavin was a New Zealander who left to report on motor racing, became an executive at legendary UK company Goldcrest, moved to Australia as a formative power at Hoyts, and ultimately went home to work on iconic but much smaller pictures. 

He has died at the age of 83, at home in Auckland, his main activity for the last 11 years described as ‘writing memoir at home’. The New Zealand Film Commission produced this tribute to a modest pioneer which we are honoured to share.

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