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Gordon Crook: A Life of Art

Film (Excerpts) – 2010

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

Key Cast & Crew

Glenis Giles

Producer

Leonardo Guerchmann

Cinematographer, Editor

Clare O'Leary

Director, Additional Photography, Editor

John Boswell

Sound Mix

Andreas Mahn

Additional Photography

Jeremy Cullen

Composer

Produced by

Gogo Media

Source

Clare O'Leary