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Ralph Hotere

Short Film (Full Length) – 1974

Reflections from the director, 35 years on

When I made the doco I was trying to dramatise Ralph's slyness, and his integrity, as well as his core sensuality ... [it's captured in] the whole mussels thing Hone [Tuwhare] talks about. And there were two things about 'art' I wanted to express:

1. If the artist talks about it [the work], what's the point in making it. I don't want to be totalitarian about this but it's sort of true. It's the same with actors: the more they talk about it when they come to audition, the less impressive their performances tend to be. And Ralph was perfect for this; he told me something like: "you can do what you like, but I'm not saying a thing". So I wove a kind of guessing game around him 'doing' and others talking.

2. I always felt that you change art by photographing it. Of course, it is literally impossible to film or photograph anything without both diminishing it and interpreting it. So I chose to interpret it utterly, doing my own interpretation of his painting, and to only show the work either in subjective interpretation (drifting close-ups and so on), OR with a person standing in front of it, making it clear that it's seen through that person's eyes.

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