The Berry Boys

The Berry Boys

The Berry Boys is a documentary produced for TVNZ in collaboration with TVOne's Sunday and Te Papa and with funding from NZ on AirSee Sunday's item on the Boys here --

ProductionShed.TV wants to tell the stories of these soldiers and their families, but we need your help with the research for our documentary. Do You Know These Faces? 

The Berry Boys


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 wants to tell their stories, and we need your help with the research for our documentary. 

Do You Know These Faces?

The Documentary

This 44 minute documentary will explore 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 composed and 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. 

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