Wellington artist Gordon Crook was known for his bold, colourful prints and tapestries. In this documentary, director Clare O’Leary mixes Crook’s biography (from UK foster care to London Central School of Art lecturer, then decades in Wellington) and interviews with Crook, dealers, students and mates. In this excerpt Crook discusses his work, and collaborating with weaver Lesley Nicholls; and friend Edith Ryan recalls first seeing Crook’s massive Michael Fowler Centre banners. The documentary premiered at the 2010 NZ Film Festival. Crook died in August 2011, aged 89.
Interspersed throughout are pieces of autobiographical narration, often recent poems from a yet-to-be-completed memoir project ... a welcome (re)introduction to an artist who, while still making and exhibiting work, doesn’t have the profile he once did.– Andy Palmer, reviewing the film on website Lumiere, 25 July 2010