Gaylene Preston's documentary on writer Keri Hulme — filmed two years after Hulme shot to global fame on the back of her Booker Prize-winning novel The Bone People — is both a poetic travelogue of Okarito (the township where she resided for 40 years), and a sampler-box of affable musings on her writing process, whitebait fishing, the supernatural, and the 1200 pages of notes for her next novel, the elusive Bait. Leon Narbey's camera is aptly alert to the magical qualities of the coast, from the resident kotuku to the surf and birdsong peppering Hulme’s crib.
I’m not quite sure that I’m actually telling stories or simply being the medium through which the story is passed.– Keri Hulme
Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata
Whakatuaki, haka and song performed by Keri Kaa
Original soundtrack by Jonathan Crayford