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Jim Marbrook


The films of Jim Marbrook include feature-length documentaries on speed chess maestros (2003 award-winner Dark Horse), psychiatric hospitals (Mental Notes) and environmental issues in New Caledonia (Cap Bocage). Marbrook also lectures in screen and television at Auckland University of Technology.

(Dark Horse) showed his sensitive but entirely unsentimental touch with this material and he does a great job here, letting his characters tell the stories and refreshing the talking-head format with visits to the abandoned and sometimes skeletal ruins of the places they once lived. Peter Calder, in an NZ Herald review of Mental Notes, 23 June 2012