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Ralph Hotere (Te Aupōuri) is regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest artists. This documentary by Merata Mita provides a perspective on his world, largely by way of framing his extensive body of work. Hotere remains famously tight-lipped throughout, but there are interviews with artists, friends and commentators, alongside scenes of Hotere working and of his contemporary home context. Mita's impressionistic film is set to a Hirini Melbourne-directed score of jazz, māori and pop songs, and poetry reading by Hotere's first wife Cilla McQueen.

Key Cast & Crew

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Merata Mita

Producer, Writer, Director

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Eliza Bidois Owen

Producer, Executive Producer

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Kerry Brown

Camera

There are very few things I can say about my work that are better than saying nothing.
– Ralph Hotere

Produced by

Paradise Films

Rights

The copyright for this title is held by Merata Mita's Estate. Licensed by Sales Agency NZ Film Sales.

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air, TVNZ and the assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Music

Musical director Hirini Melbourne.