Big film fam­ily mourns Rod Johns

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Rod Johns was the first to ar­rive and last to leave any film set he worked on.

‘‘Rod was an ac­tor, writer, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, ba­si­cally. He was on al­most ev­ery Auck­land in­de­pen­dent film pro­duc­tion,’’ friend and col­lab­o­ra­tor Jac­qui Gil- bert says. The re­tired 71-year-old usu­ally worked un­paid and was ‘‘qui­etly de­ter­mined’’ to help people.

The long-time Herne Bay film­maker died from lung cancer in Auck­land Hospi­tal on April 30. Gil­bert says Johns had ‘‘mas­sive film fam­ily’’

a who vis­ited him in hospi­tal be­fore he died.

‘‘I watched streams of people come in and talk to him – they all con­sid­ered him fam­ily.’’

He leaves be­hind a brother, Phillip, who he had not seen in 20 years.

Johns is widely known and re­spected in the Auck­land film scene, hav­ing worked on dozens of short and fea­ture films, and com­pet­ing in the an­nual 48Hours film com­pe­ti­tion.

Johns will be cre­mated, Gil­bert says. He did not want a ser­vice but ‘‘a gi­ant party’’, which she is or­gan­is­ing.

Rod Johns

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