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Flight of Fancy

Short Film (Excerpts) – 1987

This whimsical film starring New Zealand artist Michael Smither, animal wrangler Caroline Girdlestone, and cartoonist Burton Silver, documents Smither's quest to learn to fly. It is a documentary in the accepted sense but lyrical and full of surprises. Made by Wellington filmmaker Tony Hiles, edited by Jamie Selkirk (future Oscar winner for The Return of the King), and gorgeously shot on location at Farewell Spit and Wharariki Beach. Smither is well known for his idiosyncratic realist paintings, such as Rocks With Mountain.

Key Cast & Crew

Tony Hiles

Producer, Director

Caroline Girdlestone

Subject

Burton Silver

Subject

Michael Smither

Subject

Ian Paul

Camera

Ken Saville

Sound

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission and Charter Corp Ltd.

Music

Music by Nik Brown.