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Tom Kreisler: An important artist re-discovered

TOM KREISLER, a New Plymouth-based artist always way ahead of his time, is the subject of a Point of View documentary now in progress. Shirley Horrocks recently returned from a film shoot in Mexico, a country where Tom also lived and painted. "Many of my documentaries have been about artists or writers who deserve to be better known," comments Shirley. "Tom Kreisler strikes me as a very important New Zealand artist who remains largely under the radar. I guess you could call him 'an artist's artist' since he taught many artists and they were greatly influenced by him. I was shocked to see he didn't even get a mention in mainstream histories of local art. I'm out to change that situation." Tom Kreisler's paintings are full of surprise, humour, and subversiveness. There is a great energy in his use of line and colour. Tom was a poet as well as a painter, and words (often playful and ironic) add an important dimension to his unique pictures. Born to a Jewish family in Argentina in 1938, Tom came to New Zealand when he was 13. Until his death in 2002 he lived mostly in New Plymouth, but made various trips to Mexico. He was fascinated by Mexican culture, which added to the colour and flavour of his art. Shirley remarks: "Tom's life story was as striking as his work." A range of New Zealand's leading artists will contribute their recollections of Tom to the documentary. Point of View would be interested to hear from anyone else who has a painting by Tom or a story to add (s.horrocks@pointofview.co.nz).







Free Theatre is moving into Christchurch's new Arts Centre making it one of the first theatre companies to move back in the city centre since the earthquakes.

Free Theatre has played a vital role in the cultural life of Christchurch for 35 years, under its founding artistic director Peter Falkenberg.  Established in 1979 Free Theatre is New Zealand's longest running producer of experimental theatre. The company serves as a laboratory for established and emerging artists to work together to create innovative, high quality performance work.

Shirley Horrocks has been filming the company for several years now as part of a documentry about the group. She has filmed several of their productions including Canterbury Tales, a huge procession of giant puppets and theatre performances through the destroyed heart of the city, and Earthquake in Chile, a groundbreaking production which explores the positive sense of community that emerged following the earthquakes.

In his Insider blog, historian Jock Philips said of Earthquake in Chile that it was "one of the more remarkable theatrical 'experiences' I have had."

Link: Canterbury Press article 'Theatre Company moving into CBD'.

Our documentary about Free Theatre is currently a 'for love' project. Point of View has paid for a number of shoots and we are looking for ways to raise funds to complete this film. Please contact us if you would like to support this project.








Whaea Merimeri Penfold 1920-2014

We are saddened by the death of our friend and whaea, Merimeri Penfold. We had the great privilege of knowing and working with whaea Merimeri and we were honoured to be able to record her life and work in a documentary, He Wawata Whaea. We have wonderful memories of our time with Merimeri making the documentary, they are memories we will treasure and never lose.

Merimeri was a champion of te reo Maori, a beloved teacher, a composer of waiata and haka and an inspiration to many. She will be greatly missed.

For the documentary He Wawata Whaea,about Merimeri Penfold click here









Gus Fisher - Fashion Pioneer

In 2010 Shirley Horrocks did an in depth interview with Gus Fisher about his award winning fashion label El Jay and his early years in New Zealand fashion manufacturing. Gus Fisher went on to manufacture Chirstian Dior under license in New Zealand and earned a prominent place in New Zealand fashion history. Gus died shortly after this interview and so it is now a precious archive.

Point of View Productions has now been commissioned to make a full length documentary that expands on Gus's interview and looks more widely at the business and how it fitted into the growth of the fashion industry in New Zealand as a whole. We are currently in production on this project.






Watch interview exerpt





Station of Earth-Bound Ghosts

To celebrate the launch of NAMELESS /REDUX, the last major work by poet and artist Leigh Davis, Point of View is making available copies of its video documentation of Davis’s earlier project STATION OF EARTH-BOUND GHOSTS.
In 1998, with the help of a skilled team, Davis created a series of poems in the form of exquisitely made flags. These were exhibited in the main concourse of the building that had once been Auckland’s central railway station. The flags added up to a kind of long poem, whose central character is the 19th century Ringatu prophet and guerrilla leader Te Kooti.
To promote awareness of Davis’s extraordinary art, the DVD of STATION OF EARTH-BOUND GHOSTS, which includes behind-the-scenes coverage of how the work was made, can be purchased from this website for $15, plus $5 packaging and postage in New Zealand. (Check with us for overseas rates.) Click here to see our shop
For other work by Leigh Davis, check out the website http://jackbooks.com









LEN LYE the opera

Point of View Productions provided the moving images for Len Lye the opera. The colourful life and times of Len Lye, the one-of-a-kind artist and film-maker who pursued a philosophy of 'Individual Happiness Now,' is now the subject of a 21st century opera. It was presented 5th - 8th September 2012 at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland and enjoyed a sell out season and great reviews.


New Zealand Herald - William Dart

Theatre Review
ABC Radio
Nightline TV3







Successful shoot in Venice

A crew from Point of View Productions, which included cinemotographer Leon Narbey, travelled to Italy to document Michael Parekowhai's work at the Venice Biennale 2011.

The Venice Biennale is the pre-eminent global contemporary visual arts event attracting a host of international artists, curators, critics and collectors.

Michael Parekowhai is one of New Zealand's most important contemporary practitioners. In addition to an extensive exhibition history, his work is held in all significant public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia, as well as major works in permanent collections across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.



The Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore (left)
The Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore (left)

Story of a New Zealand River
Story of a New Zealand River

Chapman's Homer
Chapman's Homer