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The Sound of Seeing

Television (Full Length) – 1963

Made on a wind-up Bolex camera, The Sound of Seeing announced the arrival of 21-year-old filmmaker Tony Williams. Based around a painter and a composer wandering the city (and beyond), the film meshes music and imagery to show the duo taking inspiration from their surroundings. The Sound of Seeing served early notice on Williams' editing talents, his love of music, and his dislike of narration. It was also one of the first independently-made titles screened on Kiwi television. Composer/author Robin Maconie later wrote pioneering electronic music.

I had no idea what I was doing but it all seemed very important, so the learning curve was steep.
– Tony Williams

Key Cast & Crew

Tony Williams

Director, Editor, Camera

John O'Shea

Producer

Gary Mutton

As: The Composer

Ray Grover

As: The Painter

Robin Maconie

Composer

Lindsay Anderson

Sound

Produced by

Pacific Films

Music

Music composed by Robin Maconie 

Played by Robin Maconie, Jane Freed, Jennifer Baigent, Dave Fraser, Don Mori and the Nickey Smith Trio.