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  1. A short film about Barry Brickell.

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This short, upbeat National Film Unit documentary (made as part of the Pictorial Parade series) is about New Zealand artist, conservationist, and rail enthusiast Barry Brickell. Filmed at his first studio and home in the Coromandel, it follows the progress of his large-scale works from start to finish. Accompanied by a jazzy soundtrack, Brickell works his clay alone in the sun. Amidst the five-finger and harakeke of the Coro’ bush, the making of New Zealand art has never looked more picturesque.


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 Paul Ward

Paul Ward | website

@Andrew: there were no original compositions for this film (I can't tell you if the NFU Dave Jordan - who edited and wrote the commentary here - and the folk musician are the same person). FYI the music would've come off a generic disc of music for commercial use - the details of the music used are:

Composition Composer Publisher Number
Faux Fuyants M. Sodal Sylvester SMC/LP 504
Folk Guitar C. Vasori Sylvester SMC/LP 507
Street Vendors F. Phillips Audio BMP111
Cue Moods No.4 R. Fannon Chappell C888A
Main Theme F. Phillips Audio BMP111
Industrie Spatiale R. Hermel DeWolfe DWLP3030
Anti G. C. Vasori Sylvester SMC/LP 512



Who played the music, please? Was it Dave Jordan, who also did the commentary, assuming that is Dave Jordan the folk musician?

 Katie Tate

Katie Tate

Wonderful to have this resource available to view. Thanks

 Hannah McAndrew

Hannah McAndrew

Really pleased to see this on line. Another great pottery film, Thank you.

 Albert Kreitmeyr

Albert Kreitmeyr

Thank you so much for making this short film available.
I visited New Zealand in 1997 and by coincidence ran into Barry Brickell's Driving Creek Railway. I'll still remember him and his magic world there and admire him for his freedom.
I would like to go there once again but it's a long way from Germany.


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1971 American Film and Video Association (then Educational Film Library Association, US)
Red Ribbon Award

1970 Gold Mercury Awards (Italy)

First Prize