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Ralph Hotere Short Film – 1974 Documentary Arts/Culture Māori

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Directed by Sam Pillsbury, this 1974 film observes Ralph Hotere — one of New Zealand’s greatest artists — at a moment when excitement is gathering about his work. Lauded as a “classic” by Ian Wedde, the documentary is framed around the execution of a watershed piece: a large mural Hotere was commissioned to paint for Hamilton’s Founders Theatre. Interviews with friends and associates — poets Hone Tuwhare and Bill Manhire, art critics, officials and dealers — are intercut with fascinating shots of Hotere working (including making art by photocopying or 'xerography').

Arguably the finest documentary of an artist I’ve seen.
– Critic Mark Amery, 2011

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Licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution 3.0 New Zealand - CC BY 3.0 NZ

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Composed byJack Body