The Haunting of Barney Palmer

The Haunting of Barney Palmer (1987)


The Haunting of Barney Palmer is a fantasy film for children about a young boy who is haunted by his great uncle. Young Barney fears that he has inherited the Scholar family curse; a suite of 80s-era effects ramp up the supernatural suspense. The film was a co-production between PBS (United States) and Wellington's Gibson Group, which resulted in Ned Beatty (Deliverance, Network) being cast. It was written by Margaret Mahy, based on her Carnegie Award-winning novel The Haunting, and an early fruitful collaboration between her and director Yvonne Mackay.

Director: Yvonne Mackay

Release Date: 1987-03-28
Status: Released
Run time: 54 min / 0:54
Production Company : The Gibson Group
Production Country: New Zealand



Ned Beatty
Cole Scholar
Alexis Banas
Barney Palmer
Eleanor Gibson
Tabitha Palmer
Meredith Braun
Troy Palmer
Michelle Leuthart
Claire Palmer
Andy Anderson
John Palmer
Bernard Kearns
Ben Scholar
Yvonne Lawley
Great Grandmother Scholar
Patrick Smyth
Alberic Scholar
Leon Banas
Young Cole
Stephen Judd
Young Barnaby


Editing John Gilbert Editor
Crew Alun Bollinger Cinematography
Sound Mike Westgate Sound Mixer
Directing Yvonne Mackay Director
Writing Margaret Mahy Adaptation
Writing Margaret Mahy Writer
Sound Jenny McLeod Music
Production Dave Gibson Producer
Art Tony Rabbit Production Design

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