Bill Gosden Death – Dead | Obituary – Bill Gosden Passed Away

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Bill Gosden Death – Dead | Obituary – Bill Gosden Passed Away

Bill Gosden Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Bill Gosden.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.

We’re deeply saddened by the news of Bill Gosden’s passing.

A fierce champion of film for several decades in his role leading the New Zealand International Film Festival , Bill will be sorely missed.

Aroha to his family, friends and to everybody who knew him.

Vale Bill Gosden

New Zealand has lost a cultural hero with the death of former New Zealand International Film Festival director Bill Gosden (ONZM).

Bill spent more than 40 years developing and championing the NZIFF, making it a magical and beloved world-class film experience for everyone.

Auckland Live was privileged to be part of his orbit, as he programmed the very best local and international films to the delight of audiences who flocked to The Civic every July to be transported into other worlds, lives, and experiences via his vision.

We are humbled by Bill’s magnificent legacy, and extend our condolences to his whānau and colleagues at New Zealand International Film Festival.

VALE BILL GOSDEN
It is with great sadness that we share our condolences with the friends, family, and colleagues of Bill Gosden (ONZM).

As the founder and director of the New Zealand International Film Festival Bill created a platform that celebrated film from across the globe, and gave opportunities for New Zealand filmmakers to screen their work and build their careers. Gaylene Preston, Jane Campion, Merata Mita, Barry Barclay, Peter Jackson, Taika Waititi, Niki Caro, Christine Jeffs, Tusi Tamasese, Florian Habicht, and countless other NZ filmmakers have been celebrated right at the very beginning of their careers at the NZIFF.

Bill tirelessly and quietly critiqued films in the making and supported the filmmakers to exceed their own expectations of their work. Once done, he also recommended so many of these films to fellow festival programmers around the world and supported New Zealand films to reach international audiences. Bill’s humility in accepting the 2019 SPADA/Data Book Industry Champion Award exemplified the selflessness of his work, and the standing ovation that accompanied him to the podium was a sign of the respect he holds throughout the industry.

Bill’s taste and judgement commanded respect, and his contribution to screen industry of Aotearoa was immense. His love of films and support of filmmakers will be sadly missed. ​

We’re deeply saddened by the news of Bill Gosden’s passing.

A fierce champion of film for several decades in his role leading the New Zealand International Film Festival, Bill will be sorely missed.

Aroha to his family, friends and to everybody who knew him.

Very sad news today that Kiwi film legend Bill Gosden has died from bowel cancer just a few days before 67th birthday.

An influential figure in the NZ film industry, Bill directed the New Zealand International Film Festival for almost 40 years before retiring last year after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2017.

We shared in a post last year that Bill wished he had been able to get a colonoscopy earlier. He told his GP he had irregular bowel habits, but his blood tests were fine, so his doctor didn’t worry.

“I was very fit, so I think that masked my illness. It’s so annoying… I would encourage people to definitely get screened if they are worried,” Bill said.

Despite three rounds of chemotherapy and surgery, the cancer metastasised to his lungs.

Last year when Bill’s oncologist told him now was the time to go out and do the things he wanted to do, his response was, “I’ve spent most of my life doing exactly that… I think I’ve been incredibly lucky with what I’ve done.”

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

The New Zealand International Film Festival is deeply saddened at the passing of former Director Bill Gosden (ONZM). Bill died peacefully early on Friday morning (6 November), five days shy of his 67th birthday.

Bill helmed the film festival for almost 40 years before retiring last year due to ill health. His promotion of, and commitment to, New Zealand film and filmmakers is one of his enduring legacies.

New Zealand Film Festival Trust Chair Catherine Fitzgerald said Bill’s contribution to New Zealand’s film culture through film festivals is indelible. “Bill lived and breathed film from his earliest years, working tirelessly to create a demand from New Zealand audiences for the highest quality films from around the world.”

Film Festival Director Marten Rabarts said the news of Bill’s passing was a sad day for the film industry in New Zealand and worldwide. “The film festival and film community in New Zealand owes Bill a huge debt of gratitude for the decades of work and passion he committed to develop and champion a world-class festival experience for audiences and filmmakers alike.”

The New Zealand Film Festival Trust and the New Zealand International Film Festival extend their condolences to Bill’s wide circle of friends, family and colleagues.


We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.

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