Roger Horrocks

Filmmaker, biographer, champion of the New Zealand film and television industries.

Photo credit: Tony Heim

Professor Emeritus Roger Horrocks MNZM has made an enormous contribution to the film and television industries in New Zealand since the 1970s, which was recognised in 2004 when he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He founded the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at The University of Auckland, co-founded the Auckland International Film Festival, Alternative Cinema, Artspace, NZ On Air and NZ On Screen, and served on many industry boards. He is a director of documentary film company Point of View Productions.

Horrocks is an expert on the life and work of New Zealand born artist and filmmaker Len Lye. He was Lye’s assistant in New York during the last year of Lye’s life and wrote the acclaimed biography Len Lye, which sold out two printings and was a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. He also wrote Art That Moves on Lye’s work, and the libretto for Len Lye: The Opera. He has curated exhibitions of Lye’s work and directed a film about Lye.