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Lovely Rita

Television (Excerpts) – 2007

An affectionate documentary about painter Rita Angus. Angus was well known for her enigmatic self portraits, and this Gaylene Preston-directed documentary explores the relationship between the work and biography. It gathers together new material about Angus's life, as well as interviews with a group of friends who knew her, and a new generation of appreciators including biographer Jill Trevelyan. Many of her paintings are also featured, evocatively shot by Alun Bollinger; actress Loren Horsley captures an uncanny likeness as a young Angus. 

Gaylene Preston's documentary on artist Rita Angus hits all the right notes: informative, visually compelling, humorous and touching.
– Angela Walker in The Sunday-Star Times, 14 October 2007


Made with funding from NZ On Air and TVNZ, with assistance from The Fletcher Trust and Mataura Licensing Trust, Eastern Southland Gallery, The Douglas Lilburn Endowment Trust, Thorndon Trust and the Rita Angus Estate

Developed in association with the New Zealand Film Commission

Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata