In 1970, Bruno Lawrence formed a group of musicians, actors and aspiring filmmakers, and set out in a bus to tour the country. He called it the 'Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation and Travelling Apparition': BLERTA. For five years the ever-changing group toured throughout New Zealand and Australia. They wrote and played music, created and performed sketches and made films. They wrote scripts, performed as the cast, set designers and builders, they created their own explosions and special effects, and shot it themselves on pieces of film and tape procured by whatever means. Everyone worked for subsistence, food, a bed, enough gas to get to the next town, some dope to smoke and the joy of the music. No one got paid. Their currency was enthusiasm, talent, ideas, virtuosity and energy, and in these terms, the group was rich indeed. Their talent and drive became the modern New Zealand film industry. Featuring Ian Watkin, John Clark (Fred Dagg) and Ian Mune.
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