This 1983 episode of arts series Kaleidoscope profiles the life of Rita Angus, whose paintings won critical acclaim both in New Zealand and abroad. After growing up in Hastings and Palmerston North, Angus moved down to Christchurch, initially to study at Canterbury College School of Art. Later she spent more than a decade in the Wellington suburb of Thorndon. Featuring interviews with those who knew her at various stages of her life, and numerous examples of her work, this half-hour documentary provides a thorough overview of who Rita Angus was.
She wouldn't eat a lot. She'd have a lot of lettuce, which from a farm I thought was pretty poor tucker. She probably wasn't very keen on meat. Maybe she just simply didn't like it. It's about the only time I was ever cross with her.– Textile designer Fanny Buss, on living with Rita Angus when they were students