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Julian Arahanga

Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui-ā-Pāpārangi | Actor & Director

Julian has had a colourful career in the screen industry and is one of New Zealand’s most experienced practitioners. 


Starting in front of the camera as an 11-year-old in the Witi Ihimaera inspired “MAKUTU ON

MRS JONES” he moved behind the camera after finishing college and

was educated by some of the industry’s most talented technicians in

camera, lighting, and gripping. 


During this educational period, he also got to work with some of the most talented directors, DOPs, and production designers in the world during the decadent years of advertising. Stepping back in front of the camera proved to be the right move for a career shift and starred in roles in “ONCE WERE WARRIORS”, “BROKEN ENGLISH”, “THE MATRIX” and other films and series brought a new level of exposure and opportunities. 


Always interested in telling New Zealand stories, Julian started Awa Films in 2001 and built a reputation as a documentary and unscripted producer and director with shows like “TURANGARERE”, “BEHIND THE BRUSH”, and “SONGS FROM THE INSIDE”. 


Wanting to move back into the scripted space, Julian has begun writing and developing a vision, voice and process that will tell authentic engaging stories with a heart and soul of Aotearoa.

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