ONFILM April 2010
Beaver Morrison 1950 – 23rd May 2010.
In the 70’s the film and music business were seen as one in the same in that ‘we were all mad and why didn’t we go get a real job?’ – I met Beaver on a Barry Barclay shoot for Pacific Films – she and Bill Stalker were lovers, he was the lead actor and Beaver became our camp mother… it was fantastic times – we were on the road and moving everyday to a new location – heady times indeed – we laughed a lot, played a lot and worked hard. We knew what we were doing wasn’t a part-time thing it was what we were going to be doing for the rest of our lives.
A gentle soul and vulnerable yet still able to get out on stage and sing with a voice of an angel – that bold confident voice hid the crippling anxiety that she suffered though out her life. We worked together again on the feature film ‘Should I be good, Should I be Evil’ and then later a music gig ‘The Biggest Love’ for a multi-national pharmaceutical company (it can still be found on youtube).
In this business of professional entertainment we never stay in touch – it seems there’s always somewhere else to be and something new to pursue – but somehow with Beaver we always knew what each other was up to – I think it was a hang over from the ‘70’s bonding that occurred when we all ran away to join that circus – I watched her kids grow up in Auckland. There were always the reports of what ‘Mum’ was up to and where she was at. Dearest Beaver – rest in peace.