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Billy T: Te Movie (2011)

Cinema documentary feature celebrating iconic New Zealand entertainer, Billy T James.


Ian Mune




Credited cast:
Billy T. James Billy T. James ... Himself / Various characters (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judy Bailey Judy Bailey ... Herself (archive footage)
Jeff Bennet Jeff Bennet ... Himself
Barry Crump Barry Crump ... (archive footage)
Laurie Dee ... Himself
Derek Fox Derek Fox ... Himself
Phil Gifford Phil Gifford ... Himself
Matt Gillanders Matt Gillanders ... Theatre Manager
Mark Hadlow ... (archive footage)
Barry Humphries ... (archive footage)
Cherie James Cherie James ... Herself
Dee Jamieson Dee Jamieson ... Herself
Tukuroirangi Morgan Tukuroirangi Morgan ... Himself
Jim Moriarty Jim Moriarty ... Himself
Howard Morrison Howard Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)


Celebrates the life of the legendary Billy T James, New Zealand's best-loved entertainer. The film explores Billy's extraordinary talent as musician, singer, comedian, actor, writer and artist . . . it even attempts to uncover the source of his trademark giggle. With humor and love, the film tells of Billy's meteoric rise to national fame and his tragic downfall into ill-health and financial collapse. Featuring digitally re-mastered footage of Billy's performances and never-seen-before archival images, Billy T's story is set alongside interviews with his family, friends and colleagues. Audiences will leave with laughter in their hearts and tears in their eyes. Written by Sue May, publicist

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New Zealand



Release Date:

18 August 2011 (New Zealand) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

BTJ Movie See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Billy T: Te Documentary
9 May 2016 | by nzswannySee all my reviews


Although I wouldn't call this a bad "movie," I'd say it's misleading with the title. Judging by the title, I was actually expecting an actual movie. My expection was wrong, and it turned out to be a documentary. In some cinemas in New Zealand, this was shown, probably because...it's Billy T! However, I was kind of expecting Te Movie instead of Te Documentary. Even if this is quite a good documentary, it didn't really offer us what we wanted...a movie. Lots will probably say that this review wasn't helpful, but I guarantee you, it isn't a bad documentary, at all. However, I was just so angry that this was called a movie! But, even though it's misleading, it's still quite good. Go watching it, expecting a documentary. I'll expand on this review later.

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