Filmmaker Simon Ogston's "expressionistic and cinematic" approach to documentary Bill Direen - A Memory of Others reflects his subject's eclectic career. Musician, poet and novelist Bill Direen was born in Christchurch; in this excerpt, he visits the city's town hall to recall the effect Shakespeare's Henry V had on him as a child. In Wellington Direen visits his sister's classroom and is quizzed by the students, before performing his 'grandmother' song. A Memory of Others joins Ogston's other documentaries celebrating 'art punks', including Sheen of Gold. Direen aficionados won't want to miss the info-packed closing credits.
Christchurch withstands its own sewage, the new Jerusalem by Christ's own dad-de-spired and de-domed Christchurch remains, Christchurch remains dollar-ised, colour-sed, now showing...– Bill Direen performs an original composition while wandering around the Christchurch Town Hall
This film was made possible by a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant
Completed with assistance from an NZ Film Commission Feature Film Finishing Grant
Bill Direen on the film, and his career, Under the Radar, February 2020
Photographs from the world premiere, NZ International Film Festival website