By Shane Farrow
He worked on a range of documentaries and drama productions, including: Kaleidoscope (1985), Close to Home (1975-83), The Fire and The Snow (1975) and If You Can’t Beat Em (1976). Peter’s list of credits include work on the stage, as a performer, singer, designer, writer, director and producer. Peter has also regularly exhibited his paintings, which have won national awards and are in private collections around the world.
Over a period of almost 40 years Peter has made over 390 television productions and documentaries. These include dramas, disability programmes, documentaries, artist profiles, coaching films, operas, Concert OBs (outside broadcasts), a comedy series, and a four-hour history of Rugby for the NZRFU. He was awarded the Broadcasting Award by the NZ Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council in 1974.
A retrospective of Peter’s film and painting work will open at All Saints Church, Hataitai, Wellington on March 10.
Further details from promotional material for the retrospective exhibition are below (supplied by Peter):
Hero image: Peter Coates holding a video camera (left) and painting a canvas (right).