THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILMMAKER'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Harley Williams

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILMMAKER'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Harley Williams

One of the most distinctive figures in the New Zealand musical landscape is Delaney Davidson. Over a series of albums and compelling live performances he has presented his often jarring yet beautiful songs like some strange spook-outlaw phantom more at home walking through the pines at midnight under a full moon.

Or being interviewed at and writing for Elsewhere.

Increasingly he has been making a name for himself internationally and that itinerant aspect of him plus his creative process is at the core of the documentary Devil in the Parlour screening in the Doc Edge Film Festival (details below) by first-time filmmaker Harley Williams.

We thought it opportune then to invite Williams to answer our Famous Elsewhere Filmmaker's Questionnaire . . .


The first film which really affected you was . . .

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. I was 6 or 7 years old when it came out. I can vividly remember weeping whilst being carried out of the cinema by my Nanna after the film ended. In second place would have to be ‘Poltergeist’ for scaring the bejesus out of me when I was a kid.

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in movies were . . .

Haha! When I was about 13 I used to take a photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator to the hairdresser and ask for the Arnie flat-top. Ralph Macchio as the Karate Kid. I split my toe open once by attempting the ‘Crane Kick’ in front of the mirror.

Gregory Peck or Dirk Bogart, Scorsese or Truffaut, Pacino or De Niro, French or Italian cinema?

To be honest (shock horror) I’m not the biggest film buff, so a couple of these people I’m not familiar with.

But to answer the question – Peck, Scorsese, De Niro (my favourite actor) and French.

If film was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .

A struggling musician.

The three films (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to see are . . .

Jaws, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange movie memorabilia at home?

Mmm. Don’t have any sorry.

The best book on film or film-making you have read is . . .

Final Cut Pro for Avid Users.

If you could interview any actress it would be . . . (And you would ask?)

It would be Kristen Wiig. She’s the funniest person in the world IMHO. My question would be “Please will you marry me?”

The three pieces of music you'd insist anybody listen to because they might understand you better are . . .

The Flaming Lips – Watching the Planets, Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues, Kermit the Frog – Rainbow Connection

The_Dark_Crystal_Poster_FilmFad.com_The last DVD you bought or rented was . . .

Swiss Army Man

One film, residuals for life, never have to work again. The film by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .

Sooo many, but I’d settle for Jaws any day.

The movie poster or photo of an actor you could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .

The Dark Crystal

You are allowed just one great line in a film, and it is . . .

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat”

David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, filming what?

At home filming my children growing up.

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best film ever?”

Cause it’s my first! Ha!


Harley 's film Devil in the Parlour screens at

The Roxy, Wellington Sat 13/5 10.15pm and Mon 15/5 6.00pm

Q Theatre, Auckland Sat 03/6 10.15pm and Sun 04/6 4.30pm 


For more details on the Doc Edge festival which runs in Wellington May 10 to 21 and Auckland May 24 to June 5 go here.



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