The Berry Boys Hit the Big Screen

Te Papa was thrilled to work with Production Shed TV in 2013 and 2014 on a documentary inspired by the Berry & Co. soldier portraits held in the museum’s collection. The documentary, which was originally produced for TVNZ,  features the stories of six soldiers depicted in the collection.

This June, you have the opportunity to see the documentary again, but this time on the big screen. The Berry Boys is screening as part of the Documentary Edge Film Festival, New Zealand’s International Documentary Film Festival. You can catch The Berry Boys this Saturday at Q Theatre in Auckland, and at the Roxy Cinema in Wellington from 5 June.

Illustration of Pynson Wilmott Mossman and his horse by Tim Gibson.

Illustration of Pynson Wilmott Mossman and his horse by Tim Gibson.

Featuring animatic retellings by graphic artist Tim Gibson, music by Barnaby Weir inspired by war poetry, and interviews with descendants, The Berry Boys documentary has also received accolades on the international film circuit. In November 2014, the film received an Award of Merit at the IndieFEST in the US. Last month, the film received a Bronze Remi Award in the World Peace & Understanding category at Worldfest-Houston. The latter is one of the oldest and largest film and video competitions in the world, annually receiving over 4,500 entries from more than 30 countries! Our whole-hearted congratulations go out to the ProductionShed and their amazing cast of collaborators.

Wayne Juno, a descendant of James Arthur Juno of the the 17th ( Ruahine ) Regiment  of the Wellington Infantry Brigade.

Wayne Juno, a descendant of James Arthur Juno who was killed in action at Chunuk Bair.

While we have identified many of the soldiers in the Berry & Co collection, we are still seeking to identify about 30 men and their families. You can view the unidentified men and women here.  If you can help email us at, or leave a phone message for us on 04 381 7129. You can also write to Berry Boys Project Team, Te Papa, PO Box 467, Wellington 6140.

One Response

  1. Sue Osborne

    I tried to access the 30 unnamed WW1 portraits but was unable to find them .
    Please advise how I access them ..Thankyou Sue O


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