The Art of Recovery documents "one of the most dynamic, creative and contentious times in the history of Christchurch". Peter Young (The Last Ocean) shot 120 hours of footage to capture a post-quake city where creativity thrives among the rubble: from street art to dance spaces, to the 185 Empty Chairs Memorial. But can the spirit of community and creativity survive the redesign? The documentary won raves, after a standing ovation when it debuted at Christchurch's recently restored Isaac Theatre Royal. Christchurch Press reviewer James Croot called it "kinetic, interesting and inspiring". This clip is of the first 10 minutes.
For the first year, he worked alone, without funding, just taking his camera with him every time he drove from his home, two blocks outside the devastation, through the city centre — learning where the pockets of activity were, although they were always shifting.– Writer Steve Kilgallon on Art of Recovery director Peter Young, The Sunday Star-Times, 7 November 2015