Director Stewart Main talked to artist Pat Hanly about life as painter and activist for 1998 documentary Pacific Ikon, from which this excerpt is taken. Interviewed at his Mt Eden home, Hanly discusses his painting career and inspirations — both political and personal. Also interviewed are his wife Gil, who supported him personally and financially, and children Ben, Tamsin and Amber. Like his work, Hanly is ebullient, energetic and articulate, At one point he says: "We are awaiting death with interested anticipation. Some of my best friends are dead." Hanley died in September 2004.
James Wallace Productions
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Dedicated to the late Rodney Kirk Smith
Research by Russell Haley (author of biography Hanly, A New Zealand Painter)
Opening and closing track: 'French Letter' by Herbs.