John is well known as a producer with an eye for talent, producing the debut feature films of a number of directors – Jane Campion, Vincent Ward, Rowan Woods, Robert Connolly and Richard Roxburgh.

He was the foundation director (1967) of the public art museum, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, in New Zealand, which houses the works of pioneer filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. He was Director of The Len Lye Foundation for 10 years.

He was awarded an Honorary Masters Degree in 2003 at the Australian Film Television and Radio School for his “commitment, as a creative producer, to ground breaking independent cinema and for nurturing new Australian talent”.