Ray Woolf

Woolf and his family arrived in New Zealand in 1962 when he was 17. He had sung in rock bands in his native Dagenham in Essex since the age of 13, and after a few appearances at Auckland dance halls was signed to Zodiac Records and began recording. Throughout the 1970s he featured on a string of pop shows such as In the Groove, On the Beat Side, C'Mon and Happen Inn. Later, he had his own chat show, The Ray Woolf Show, which had its own live band and audience. Woolf also presented New Zealand children's show Playschool for 18 months, sticking by the philosophy of taking any opportunity that came his way. Hosting the show allowed Woolf more freedom than the structured pop shows he was used to. One of his favourite acting roles was when he played the helmsman of the steamship Venture in Peter Jackson's Кинг Конг (2005), released in 2005. He had the occasional line in the movie but his actual screen time was quite short. He liked the job due to the good company on it. Woolf is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to entertainment and has also starred in shows like The Sound of Music (2004), West Side Story and The New Rocky Horror Show. He has collaborated with a range of musicians over the years, and some of his more ongoing gigs have been with the jazzy Rodger Fox Big Band. Woolf is on the pension these days but is still adamant that he will keep on entertaining and that nothing will change despite the regular pay cheques from the government.

King Kong (2005)

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In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Jack Black  •  Adrien Brody  •  Thomas Kretschmann

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Jack Black  •  Adrien Brody  •  Thomas Kretschmann

Maiden Voyage (2004)

A former firefighter and Special Forces officer takes on a team of murderous terrorists when the oceanliner he's working on is hijacked shortly after leaving port. Hired to evaluate security on a luxury cruise ship, blaze battler and former military man Kyle ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Colin Budds
CAST:  Casper Van Dien  •  Danielle Cormack  •  Rose McIver  •  John Sumner

A former firefighter and Special Forces officer takes on a team of murderous terrorists when the oceanliner he's working on is hijacked shortly after leaving port. Hired to evaluate security on a luxury cruise ship, blaze battler and former military man Kyle ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Colin Budds
CAST:  Casper Van Dien  •  Danielle Cormack  •  Rose McIver  •  John Sumner

Lucy (2003)

MOW about the life of Lucille Ball, focusing on the loving yet tumultuous relationship with Desi Arnaz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Jordan
CAST:  Rachel York  •  Danny Pino  •  Ann Dowd  •  Madeline Zima

MOW about the life of Lucille Ball, focusing on the loving yet tumultuous relationship with Desi Arnaz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Jordan
CAST:  Rachel York  •  Danny Pino  •  Ann Dowd  •  Madeline Zima

Siege (2012)

On the 7th of May 2009, Senior Constables Len Snee, Grant Diver and Bruce Miller arrived at 41 Chaucer Rd in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar for the growing of cannabis. This was just a routine warrant, something they had done countless times. What ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Smith
CAST:  Mark Mitchinson  •  Darren Young  •  Jon Cummings  •  Joel Tobeck

On the 7th of May 2009, Senior Constables Len Snee, Grant Diver and Bruce Miller arrived at 41 Chaucer Rd in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar for the growing of cannabis. This was just a routine warrant, something they had done countless times. What ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Smith
CAST:  Mark Mitchinson  •  Darren Young  •  Jon Cummings  •  Joel Tobeck

The Insatiable Moon (2011)

When Arthur, self-proclaimed son of God, sets off on a mission to find the Queen of Heaven, his world changes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rosemary Riddell
CAST:  Bruce Phillips  •  Ian Mune  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Sara Wiseman

When Arthur, self-proclaimed son of God, sets off on a mission to find the Queen of Heaven, his world changes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rosemary Riddell
CAST:  Bruce Phillips  •  Ian Mune  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Sara Wiseman

One of Them! (1998)

One of Them! was one of two dramas (alongside Niki Caro movie Memory and Desire) inspired by short stories collected in Peter Wells' 1991 book Dangerous Desires. It was made for TV One as a Montana Sunday drama. Set in Auckland, 1965, One of Them! follows Lemmy and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stewart Main
CAST:  Ciaran Pennington  •  Cameron J. Watt  •  Stephen Papps  •  Ray Woolf

One of Them! was one of two dramas (alongside Niki Caro movie Memory and Desire) inspired by short stories collected in Peter Wells' 1991 book Dangerous Desires. It was made for TV One as a Montana Sunday drama. Set in Auckland, 1965, One of Them! follows Lemmy and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stewart Main
CAST:  Ciaran Pennington  •  Cameron J. Watt  •  Stephen Papps  •  Ray Woolf