But wait, there’s more coming
With Oscar Kightley’s police drama Harry all wrapped up, fans can look forward to more of his projects coming to our television screens soon.
The second season of Auckland-based ‘‘awesomely, hilarious’’ Super City, directed by Mr Kightley, will air on TV3 next month.
‘‘It’s very funny and I hope people watch it.’’
As yet there are no plans for a second series of Harry, a six-episode series based on Detective Sergeant Harry Anglesea.
Mr Kightley starred alongside Sam Neill in the series set in Auckland amid the dark world of P users and dealers.
The Grey Lynn actor and writer says the series was a fair portrayal of Auckland.
‘‘We just developed it further and made it that he lived in the central city and was from one of the island families that settled here because historically this was quite a Pacific-Island strong cultural area. ‘‘ Harry was a big thrill. ‘‘I put a lot into that. It’s had good love.’’
With a successful career in television, film and theatre, the comedy-heavyweight says his favourite gig is being on stage with the Naked Samoans.
‘‘I love that live performance with the audience right there,’’ Mr Kightley says.
‘‘There is no filter.
‘‘They are not sitting at home or in a dark theatre.’’
Born in Apia, Samoa, Mr Kightley emigrated to New Zealand when he was 4 years old and lived in Te Atatu. He was one of eight children.
He did not plan his career in entertainment but with the skills he had leading into creative industries, he says it must have been in his DNA.
‘‘My favourite thing to do is read and my favourite subject at school was English because it was making stuff up so I guess I was equipping myself to do it.’’
In addition to Harry and the Naked Samoans, Mr Kightley has earned huge success for his roles in the film series Sione’s Wedding and Bro Town, an animated, comedy series following the lives of a group of un-PC, Maori and Pacific Island youngsters.
Mr Kightley has also written and directed short film Tom’s Dairy which will be screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival, starting in Auckland next month.
Having received many awards, including a New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for services to television and theatre, the actor remains humble.
‘‘I’ve been doing this for the last 20 years. I feel lucky to have had this and still be able to do this.’’
What’s next: Grey Lynn resident Oscar Kightley says now that police drama Harry has wrapped up he is looking forward to his next projects.