Art historian, photography enthusiast and former National Art Gallery boss Luit Bieringa added filmmaking to his bow in 2005. His documentary Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts — made for TVNZ's Artsville slot — played in extended form at the 2006 NZ International Film Festival. Working alongside his wife Jan, Luit got three more arts-related docos into the fest: The Man in the Hat (2009), a portrait of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey, The HeART of the Matter, about changes in arts teaching in Aotearoa after WWll, and Signed, Theo Schoon (2021), a portrait of artist Theo Schoon. Luitjen Hendrik Bieringa died on 21 June 2022.
The Man in the Hat is a nicely assembled and affectionate introduction to a great Wellingtonian. Do see it. Reviewer Graeme Tuckett on The Man in the Hat, The Dominion Post, 14 August 2009