Buenos Aires born Tom Kreisler arrived in New Zealand at age 13, studied painting at Canterbury University, taught art in New Plymouth, and spent time in Mexico. Shocked he wasn't "in the mainstream canon of New Zealand art", Shirley Horrocks (Marti: The Passionate Eye) felt that the whimsical, subversive but publicity-shy Kreisler deserved to be better known. So Horrocks interviewed fans and friends of the late artist for this 72 minute documentary, and headed to Mexico to find out how the country influenced him. Tom Who? debuted at the 2015 Auckland Film Festival.
(Tom) wanted to reach people in a different way. It was quite different to the heaviness and darkness of the New Zealand art at the time. But there was seriousness beneath the humour.– Director Shirley Horrocks, in a 20 August 2015 Stuff interview