Big film family mourns Rod Johns
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.