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Documentary 'Free Theatre: the 37 year experiment' will premiere at the 2017 New Zealand International Festivals

Award-winning director Shirley Horrocks has specialised in profiling creative people who deserve to be better-known, and Free Theatre is one of her most dramatic discoveries. She has drawn upon the company's extensive archive and the filming she has done over six years. Free Theatre will be premiered in July/August in the 2017 International Film Festival.

This documentary is a must-see for anyone with an interest in theatre, live performance, or the arts. Indeed, it's an entertaining and memorable film for everyone, as it introduces the colourful, creative individuals in one of New Zealand's most extraordinary groups - Free Theatre - with its amazing 37 year range of innovative drama!

Shirley says "it's a story for all New Zealanders as it's about a creative group trying to do something fresh and adventurous in this country and how hard it is to survive. The amazing thing is that they've managed to keep their edge for 37 years."

"37 years on Free Theatre has proven as definitive and resilient a Christchurch institution as the one it set out to oppose – and richly deserving of this salute from New Zealand’s most dedicated and attentive documentarian of art and artists." NZIFF Programme




Free Theatre performing

Free Theatre performing



Point of View Productions has two new documentaries in production, an in-depth profile documentary on scientist Sir Paul Callaghan and a film about NZ artist and photographer Peter Peryer.

Sir Paul Callaghan

Filming has started on this first in-depth documentary about the work of this great New Zealand scientist. Sponsors of the project include seven New Zealand Universities (Victoria, Massey, Auckland, Waikato, Otago, Canterbury, and AUT), the Royal Society of New Zealand, the MacDiarmid Institute, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Callaghan Innovation.

Photographer Peter Peryer

Peter Peryer is one of New Zealand's leading photographers. For four decades Peryer has pioneered and championed the art of photography and created a major body of work. He is a deeply thoughtful and inspiring person. In an era when the world is flooded with amateur photos taken casually, it is crucial to learn how photography can also be an art – and to learn this from someone dedicated and passionate in his hunt for unique images. This documentary will join our many other profiles of leading New Zealand creative figures, including Marti Friedlander, Allen Curnow, Albert Wendt, Tom Kreisler and John Reynolds. Fund-raising for this project is not yet complete but already it has the support of Creative NZ, the Charnwood Trust and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.









TOM WHO? The Enigma of Tom Kreisler
premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2015. It is currently having screenings at other arts venues such as the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth.

[From the NZ International Film Festival programme:] Shirley Horrocks' doco sheds new light on the life and art of Tom Kreisler, a 20th-century New Zealand painter with scant interest in landscape but a strong affinity with Mexican traditions and the wit and verve of Pop Art.If the art of Tom Kreisler (1938–2002) remains a secret, Shirley Horrocks' richly illustrated doco does everything right to make it less so. A uniquely cosmopolitan figure in the New Zealand arts scene, he grew up in Argentina, the son of Austrian refugees from Nazi Europe. At age 13 they sent him to Christchurch, where a well-to-do uncle and aunt adopted him. (Ian Athfield was a boyhood friend.) He left New Zealand and travelled the world before returning and entering art school. In his first dealer show, with what proved to be characteristic Pop Art verve he mocked the Arts Council 1967 tour of a replica of Michelangelo's David by exhibiting a giant painting of the statue's penis. Averse tomarketing and the politics of the art world, he preferred to live with his family in New Plymouth and do his own thing, teaching art to high school students, though at one point he attempted a break for Mexico. Exploring the artist's inspiration, Horrocks heads to Mexico too, to explore the Day of the Dead culture that was a lifelong influence. Back in New Zealand, family, curators and numerous artists share their stories, making those of us who never met the man wish that we had.








Whaea Merimeri Penfold 1920-2014

We are saddened by the death of our friend and whaea, Merimeri Penfold. We had the great privilege of knowing and working with whaea Merimeri and we were honoured to be able to record her life and work in a documentary, He Wawata Whaea. We have wonderful memories of our time with Merimeri making the documentary, they are memories we will treasure and never lose.

Merimeri was a champion of te reo Maori, a beloved teacher, a composer of waiata and haka and an inspiration to many. She will be greatly missed.

For the documentary He Wawata Whaea,about Merimeri Penfold click here






Gus Fisher - Fashion Pioneer

In 2010 Shirley Horrocks did an in depth interview with Gus Fisher about his award winning fashion label El Jay and his early years in New Zealand fashion manufacturing. Gus Fisher went on to manufacture Chirstian Dior under license in New Zealand and earned a prominent place in New Zealand fashion history. Gus died shortly after this interview and so it is now a precious archive.

Point of View Productions has now been commissioned to make a full length documentary that expands on Gus's interview and looks more widely at the business and how it fitted into the growth of the fashion industry in New Zealand as a whole. We are currently in production on this project.






Watch interview exerpt





Station of Earth-Bound Ghosts

To celebrate the launch of NAMELESS /REDUX, the last major work by poet and artist Leigh Davis, Point of View is making available copies of its video documentation of Davis’s earlier project STATION OF EARTH-BOUND GHOSTS.
In 1998, with the help of a skilled team, Davis created a series of poems in the form of exquisitely made flags. These were exhibited in the main concourse of the building that had once been Auckland’s central railway station. The flags added up to a kind of long poem, whose central character is the 19th century Ringatu prophet and guerrilla leader Te Kooti.
To promote awareness of Davis’s extraordinary art, the DVD of STATION OF EARTH-BOUND GHOSTS, which includes behind-the-scenes coverage of how the work was made, can be purchased from this website for $15, plus $5 packaging and postage in New Zealand. (Check with us for overseas rates.) Click here to see our shop
For other work by Leigh Davis, check out the website http://jackbooks.com









LEN LYE the opera

Point of View Productions provided the moving images for Len Lye the opera. The colourful life and times of Len Lye, the one-of-a-kind artist and film-maker who pursued a philosophy of 'Individual Happiness Now,' is now the subject of a 21st century opera. It was presented 5th - 8th September 2012 at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland and enjoyed a sell out season and great reviews.


New Zealand Herald - William Dart

Theatre Review
ABC Radio
Nightline TV3







Successful shoot in Venice

A crew from Point of View Productions, which included cinemotographer Leon Narbey, travelled to Italy to document Michael Parekowhai's work at the Venice Biennale 2011.

The Venice Biennale is the pre-eminent global contemporary visual arts event attracting a host of international artists, curators, critics and collectors.

Michael Parekowhai is one of New Zealand's most important contemporary practitioners. In addition to an extensive exhibition history, his work is held in all significant public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia, as well as major works in permanent collections across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.



The Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore (left)
The Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore (left)

Story of a New Zealand River
Story of a New Zealand River

Chapman's Homer
Chapman's Homer