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Flip & Two Twisters

Television (Full Length) – 1995

Flip & Two Twisters is Shirley Horrocks' documentary about New Zealand-born artist Len Lye. Motion maestro Lye's international reputation rests on his work as a filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, and his lively contributions to the London and New York avant-garde. The documentary explores Lye's career and ideas, with the help of historical footage and excerpts from his films. It includes footage of Lye in typically exuberant form outlining his process, introduces many of his kinetic works, and documents how some of his most ambitious plans are being realised in New Zealand.

I’m composing figures of motion - and I’m composing them out of very springy spring steel.
– Len Lye on his process

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Point of View Productions


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Made with funding from NZ On Air in association with TV One

Special thanks to Roger Horrocks, author of Len Lye: A Biography


Music composed by Jonathan Besser and Ann McMillan

'Earth Song Metals' composed by Ann McMillan

'Afro' composed by Jonathan Besser, drum solo by Roger Sellers

'Homage to Len Lye' by band Free Radicals