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Flight of Fancy Short Film (Excerpts) – 1987 Documentary Arts/Culture

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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.

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City associates

City Associates Films

Availability

Available from City Films and the Filmshop

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Acknowledgements

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

Music

Music by Nik Brown.