John D. Tristram and Ian James Wilson established the Juniper Films partnership in the 1970s with their film on the first Papal visit to the South Pacific.
At the request of the Government at that time, they remained in Samoa to produce the country's first Tourism promotional film which won the PATA Grand Film Award the following year.
Thereafter followed commissions from the Governments of Tonga, Fiji, and New Zealand – and more prestigious international film awards.
Juniper established a base in London for six years and produced a series of films in Europe and Africa for the New Zealand Education Board. All of the films sold to television world wide.
In the 1980s Juniper Films focused on arts programs for television in Australia and continued to produce films and teaching resources for the New Zealand Education Department.
Two major television series, Pacifica and Oceania, took Juniper back to the Pacific in the 1990s and by the new millennium, the Samoan Government co-produced with Juniper the first documentary on the history of their country.