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Bill Direen: A Memory of Others

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 2017

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