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Cecil Holmes (director)

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Name  Cecil Holmes
Role  Film director
Books  One Man's Way

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Died  August 24, 1994, Australia
Movies  Three in One, Captain Thunderbolt
Awards  AACTA Award for Best Film
Similar People  Frank Hardy, Robert Raymond, Leonard Teale, Michael Craig, Evan Jones

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Cecil William Holmes (23 June 1921 – 24 August 1994) was a New Zealand-born film director and writer. He was born in Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and British Royal Navy during World War II before turning to filmmaking. He made a number of documentaries for the New Zealand National Film Unit then moved to Australia, where he directed several feature films and a number of documentaries for the Commonwealth Film Unit.


The Cecil Holmes Award given by the Australian Directors Guild is named after him. The Award was instigated in 1995, and is presented by the ADG board from time to time to honour recipients who have advocated for the role of the director.

His second wife was author and Indigenous advocate Sandra Le Brun Holmes.

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Selected filmography

  • Captain Thunderbolt (1953) - director
  • Words for Freedom (1953) (documentary) - director
  • Three in One (1957) - director
  • Lotu (1962) (documentary) - director
  • I, The Aboriginal (documentary) - director
  • Faces in the Sun (1964) (documentary) - director
  • Gentle Strangers (1972) - director
  • The Killing of Angel Street (1981) - writer
  • Publications

    One Man's Way 1986 Penguin


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