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A Portrait of Michael Smither

Television (Full Length) – 2007

In this intimate documentary painter Michael Smither lays bare his life — from a stern Catholic childhood in New Plymouth to the inspiration of Central Otago to his senior years in Otama Beach, collaborating on natural artworks. Smither is best known for his unflinching portraits of family life, works like 'Sarah with Baked Beans' which capture the untamed energy of small children. Smither acknowledges the hardship behind these famous paintings, and the toll it took on his first marriage. Ex-partners (including novelist Rachel McAlpine) open up about their time with Smither. 

I think that probably I have a fairly addictive nature. I'm certainly addicted to painting...and sex.
– Artist Michael Smither opens up about his life and loves

Key Cast & Crew

Michael Smither

Composer, Subject

Andrew Bancroft

Director, Writer, Editor

Owen Hughes

Producer

Richard Flynn

Sound

Anthony Nevison

Sound

Jac Fitzgerald

Camera

Produced by

Frame Up Films