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The Man in the Hat Film – 2009 Documentary

The Man in the Hat

Film – 2009 Documentary

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This documentary is a portrait of Wellington art-dealer Peter McLeavey, who spent over 40 years running his influential Cuba Street gallery. In the Leon Narbey-shot film, McLeavey talks about his life: a roving North Island railway childhood, an early love of art, discovering his New Zealand identity while living in London, and returning home to run over 500 plus exhibitions, initially from his flat — including key showcases of artists such as Toss Woollaston, Gordon Walters, and Colin McCahon.

The lyrical picture of McLeavey’s Wellington is interspersed with readings (by Sam Neill) from his correspondence with artists, and frank conversations with the man himself. [...] There’s an airy feeling of existential inquiry floating through Luit Bieringa’s lovely portrait.
– NZ International Film Festival director, Bill Gosden