John Clarke - A Bit of a Dagg
is one of New Zealand’s best-loved comic performers. His 1970s TV character Fred Dagg has become an icon of Kiwi comedy. Clarke has worked as a comedian, actor, writer and director in television and film and on both sides of the Tasman.
In Australia, his satirical television series The Games
was an Australian Film Institute award-winner, and he also won Best Personality at the 1976 NZ Feltex Awards. Clarke has been based in Australia since the late 1970s, but has recently lent his unmistakeable comic voice to New Zealand television productions bro’Town
In a departure from our usual ScreenTalk format, this audio interview with John Clarke was produced and recorded by Andrew Johnstone and Richard Swainson with the assistance of Hamilton Community Radio and The Film School.
Clarke talks about his early days in New Zealand, the development of the Fred Dagg character, his work in pioneering NZ films Wild Man
and Dagg Day Afternoon
, and his long television and film career in Australia.