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A Special Evening in with Nathaniel Lees

Nathaniel Lees

Join us for an entertaining evening with MC Herbert Bartley as Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Siapo Cinema: Oceania Film Festival honour our guest Maiava Nathaniel Lees for his outstanding contribution to theatre and film. From The Matrix, to Power Rangers, Mortal Engines and Sione’s Wedding, Nat Lees is a well-known, award-winning actor, director, writer and producer. 

Working in film, theatre and radio for over 30 years Nat has performed in all the major performing arts venues in Aotearoa and has over 70 theatre credits to his name.

Nathaniel’s theatre directing credits include the premiere season of All our Sons by Witi Ihimaera and awarded “Director of the Year 2015”, and "Fale Sa" a beautiful art piece which featured as part of the Pacific Arts Festival in Guam, 2016. He has recently performed in the critically acclaimed and exquisitely creative play about a 21st-century dysfunctional family - Hir by Taylor Mac.

Nathaniel’s performance work in film and television is well documented and spans a period of over 30 years in the industry nationally and internationally.

His Producer credits include The Orator, written and directed by Tusi Tamasese; the 1st New Zealand feature film to be nominated to contest the Best Foreign Film Academy Awards.

Filmography
Other Halves (1984) - Court Clerk
Death Warmed Up (1984) - Jackson
Shaker Run (1985) - Squad Commander
Chill Factor (1989) - Charles
Rapa-Nui (1994) - Long Ear Chief
Bonjour Timothy (1995) - Mr. Wiley
The Other Side of Heaven (2001) - Kelepi
The Lost World (2001, TV Movie) - Indian chief
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - Ugluk
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) - Mifune
Liquid Bridge (2003) - Ogitani
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) - Mifune
No. 2 (2006) - Uncle John
Sione's Wedding (2006) - Minister
The Tattooist (2007) - Mr. Perenese
30 Days of Night (2007) - Carter Davies
Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008, TV Series) - Master Mao
Journey to Ihipa (2008) - Brownie
Under the Mountain (2009) - Detective Gray
Sione's 2: Unfinished Business (2012) - Minister
Mr. Pip (2012) - Mr. Jaggers
Realiti (2014) - George
One Thousand Ropes (2016) - Henry Pasi
Everybody Else Is Taken (2016, Short) - Geoffrey
Mortal Engines (2018)
The Other Side of Heaven II: Fire of Faith (2019) - Kelepi

Television
Emma : Queen of the South Seas (1988) King Malietoa Laupepe 1
Shark in the Park (1990-1991) - Barker
Marlin Bay (1992) - Gareth Anderson
Plainclothes (1994) - Hiroshi Morikawa
One West Waikiki (1996) - Joshua Kim
Xena : Warrior Princess (1995-1997) - Manus / Nicklio
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1997) - Blue Priest/Cheiron/Cyrus/Emissary
City Life (1996-1998) - Avery Wilson
Young Hercules (1998-1999) - Cheiron
The Legend of William Tell (1998) - Leon
Duggan (1999) - Captain John Wishart
Jackson’s Wharf (2000) - Actor
Street Legal (2003) - Samuel Sala
The Killian Curse (2005) - Mr. James
The Market (2005) - Ronnie
The Lost Children (2006) - Ka Awatea
Doves of War (2006) Gibbon
Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008) - Master Mao
Legend of the Seeker (2009) - Leolin
Fale Sa by Nathaniel Lees - Pacific Arts Festival, Guam 2016.