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Through the Eyes of Love

Television (Excerpts) – 1998

Kiwis are often accused of not being very good at expressing their feelings. This documentary (made for TV One's Work of Art programme) offers striking evidence to the contrary, using some of our favourite love songs as proof. A roll call of New Zealand's best-known musicians and songwriters talk here candidly about love, and play some of the songs inspired by their experiences. The result is a film that shines a light on love Kiwi-style, and provides a fascinating survey of New Zealand pop music from the last 30 years along the way.

There was that whole thing [growing up in the 50s] of keeping yourself a bit hidden, a sort of non-celebratory thing, whether it was pain or joy, you don't give it any largeness ... unlike the Italians! [...] Thank god you know!
– Tim Finn on the challenge of writing love songs in New Zealand

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