Bill Gosden was in the midst of running last year’s New Zealand International Film Festival – a role that had consumed his past 40 years – when he got the devastating news that would shape the next part of his life story. Sarah Catherall spoke to him before this year’s festival begins. Bill Gosden holds a brown glass bottle of kombucha, which gleams beneath cafe lights. The former director of the New Zealand International Film Festival found out he had bowel cancer too late. Diagnosed in June 2017, the 65-year-old had three rounds of chemotherapy and significant surgery over the next year. In the midst of last year’s NZIFF, in what should have been one of the best months of his life – when those films he worked to bring to film fanatics finally made it to screens – Gosden’s oncologist told him the cancer had metastasised to his lungs. Gosden’s blue eyes well up behind stylish brown glasses. “If I were in Australia, France, or the UK, I probably wouldn’t be in the position I am in now,” he says, referring to New Zealand’s much-criticised bowel cancer screening programme. READ MORE:Director of the NZ International Film Festival Bill Gosden to retireNZ Film… Read full this story
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