Message from Jo Nelson - Niece|
A Great Man....
A Talented Man....
A Gifted Man....
A Loved Man....
Luv u & miss u heapz uncle...Mmmmwah!
Message from Ata Selwyn - Daughter
Love you dad,
We'll miss you loads <3
Message from Hone Selwyn - Son
Haere ki te moe papa you showed me tha path I had to take and now its time for me to carry on tha mahi you have left for me I love you dad and ill never forget what you said to me tha day before you died ma te wa papa, ma te wa.
Message from Jeff Bear - Acquaintance
Kia Ora brothers and sisters of Maoridom
I first met Don on a breezy summer day at Outback Studios in Auckland where we had been invited by the illustrious film director Barry Barclay to witness a meeting between the two. They were in the midst of editing the Kiapara Affair. My wife, Marianne Jones and I were immediately enthralled by Mr Don Selwyn who had an aura of charm and mystery. His gaze was one I had seen in only in the most intelligent human beings I have ever met. His smile was a warm blanket. He invited us to visit him at his office building on Williamson Avenue. When we arrived there two days later we were taken and moved by both the formality and hospitality with which we were greeted. A visit, a prayer and a meal. Then down to business. We talked for hours, some of which I was fortunatre enough to have recorded as part of a documentary series we have been working on. Don regailed us with his substantial views about the indigenous voice in cinema and television. We are honored and blessed to have known the great Maestro of Moari cinema. What the world has lost may well be what the spirit world gains. I wonder if he and Shakespeare are now exhanging notes about the Merchant of Venice?
First Nations - Maliseet in Canada
Message from Peter Barclay - a brief shadow
In the twinkle of an eye
There are some you meet who, in an instant, seem to convey a feeling that means more than the moment. For me Don Selwyn was of these people. I only ever came across him in brief moments when introduced as the younger sibling of a brother who has dedicated himself to same industry. Somehow those moments were special and will always remain with me. Perhaps that's the measure of the man. But maybe this is too simiple a sumation - as the old bard himself would put it ... "I dote on his very absence." Behind his warm, gently smile and a cordial handshake lay a man who broke many barriers, forged new paths for others to follow and was surely driven by a warrior spirit.