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One Man and the Sea

Television (Excerpts) – 1984

New Zealand artist Michael Smither (well known for his idiosyncratic realist paintings, such as Rocks with Mountain) is a man of many theories and ideas. This film, made for TV, documents his experiments rebuilding eroded beaches around Taranaki with driftwood. Only partially successful, these experiments nonetheless reveal Smither as something of a visionary. They contrast with the New Plymouth City Council's own efforts to check sand erosion; and over two decades later, Smither's less orthodox methods look the more sensible, and sustainable.

Key Cast & Crew

Tony Hiles

Director

Ian Paul

Camera

Ken Saville

Sound

Jamie Selkirk

Editor

Acknowledgements

Made with the assistance of the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand.

Music

Music by Michael Smither.