The Berry Boys is a documentary produced for TVNZ in collaboration with TVOne's Sunday and Te Papa and with funding from NZ on Air. The documentary will screen on TVOne on Sunday the 3rd of August, at 10:30pm and again on Sunday the 10th of August at 12 midday.
Between 1914 and 1918, dozens of photographs were taken of young men about to embark on a journey they would never forget and in some cases never return from. In the 1990s, these photographs were found in a cupboard by one of the tenants of 147 Cuba Street, Wellington. This was the former premises of Berry & Co, well-known Wellington portrait photographers, established in 1897 by William Berry.
The soldiers would have given these portraits to relatives and loved ones as mementoes and keepsakes. Some would later be poignant and precious reminders of men who died overseas, but whose bodies were never recovered.
Now, this collection is carefully looked after by the Te Papa museum and their staff who are trying to find out who these young men were and what happened to them. ProductionShed.TV has told six of the soldier's stories in our documentary.
This 44 minute documentary explores the lesser known stories of the war years, collected from the relatives of the Berry soldiers. Expertly integrated with animatic retellings from graphic artist Tim Gibson, and music composedand directed by Barnaby Weir with inspiration from war poetry, the descendents of a selection of the Berry Boys will be the speakers for the dead.
ProductionShed.TV began the project with a call out on the Sunday programme asking the nation to help identify the unidentified soldiers in Te Papa's collection. See Sunday's item on the Boys here -- http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday/s2013-ep34-video-5593023
Animation Director Tim Gibson and Director/Producer Yvonne Mackay will discuss the documentary at 9:27am live on the Good Morning Show on the 31st of July, 2014.
The Berry Boys documentary screens on Sunday the 3rd of August at 10:30pm on TVOne and again at 12 midday on the 10th of August.