Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Did I Ever Tell You This? A Memoir (May 2023)

By Sam Neill

May 22, 2023

Born in 1947 in Ireland, Sam Neill emigrated to New Zealand at the age of seven.  Young Sam discovered he was hopeless at sport, but loved acting.

In 1977 he played the lead in the pioneering New Zealand film Sleeping Dogs, a performance that led to a starring role in Gillian Armstrong’s groundbreaking My Brilliant Career.

And after that Sam Neill found his way, sometimes by accident, into his own brilliant career.  He has worked everywhere, from art house to blockbuster to TV, from The Piano to the Jurassic Park movies, from The Dish to Peaky Blinders.

This moving and often very funny book is the inspirational story of a man who, when life knocks him down, stands up again.  Sam Neill is a natural storyteller.  He writes with love and warmth about his friends and family, and about his adventures as a farmer and winemaker.

There is a grand tradition of unputdownable memoirs by great actors, which now includes Sam Neill’s Did I Ever Tell You This?

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