But wait, there’s more com­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

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.’’

Photo: SHEL­LEY GRECO

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.

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