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How I Threw Art Out the Window

Short Film (Full Length) – 1981

In this experimental short from filmmaker Gaylene Preston, a no-nonsense hitchhiker is subjected to the ramblings of a deeply philosophical driver.  Impressively, Peter Cathro delivers the long, stream of consciousness ramble in a single take  while actor Shirley Grace manages to keep a straight face throughout. The driver's musings on art, society and creative expression cannot be quashed (even by a kiss), and it becomes too much to bear for the hitchhiker, who just wants to get to Taihape. Filmed in a lo-fi style, this screened at The Women’s Gallery in Wellington as part of 1981 exhibition Sexxuality

He's wretched, servile. He's on the peripheral: like the criminal, out there somewhere, with the bourgeois, existing in the middle — they observe but they don't understand the future, the concepts of future. The artist does.
– Art (Peter Cathro) muses on the role of the artist in society