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. Since then, working alongside his wife Jan, Luit has had another three arts-related features at the festival: 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), which chronicles controversial émigré artist Theo Schoon.
The Man in the Hat is a nicely assembled and affectionate introduction to a great Wellingtonian. Do see it. Dominion Post reviewer Graeme Tuckett, on The Man in the Hat