Check out the following titles which will screen at the 2012 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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In this gentle documentary Michael Heath follows up his earlier Edith Collier portrait (NZIFF07) to transport us to the Irish fishing village of Bunmahon where the New Zealand artist painted during the summers of 1914 and 1915. The beautifully shot landscapes - silver sea, misty green hills and radiant lilac skies - are interspersed with Collier’s painted versions. The camera leads us down leafy lanes and past derelict farmhouses at a contemplative pace in keeping with the quality of Collier’s work. Scored throughout with traditional Irish folk music, the film is a quiet exploration of the beauty of this seaside town, seen through a brush and a camera lens. Although Collier’s Bunmahon residency was a century ago, interviews with locals reveal a strong connection to this Antipodean painter. To their disappointment, her work has never been exhibited in Ireland: Collier returned to New Zealand with the sketches and paintings, and gradually abandoned her artistic dream. This melancholy-tinged story pays tribute to an under-acknowledged artist and the continued legacy of her work. — JR

2012 | New Zealand | Director: Michael Heath | 61 Minutes

SCREENING TIMES Paramount, Saturday 28 July, 11.15am City Gallery, Tuesday 31 July, 1.30pm City Gallery, Thursday 2 August , 1.30pm

Auckland ‘outsider artist’ Susan King stopped talking in 1955 when she was four years old and has said next to nothing since. Her grandmother recognised the little girl’s talent for drawing and kept her supplied with coloured pencils and paper. For 20 years Susan described her world in thousands of drawings, pages filled with delight, playfulness, curiosity and terror. Then she stopped. Her family sadly packed her pictures into boxes and stored them under beds and in the attic. There were 20 years of silence before she drew again. Of late, Susan’s art brut has been discovered by the dealer world. A 2009 show in Sydney garnered further, international demand, and compounded an ethical quandary for the family who can only guess at the artist’s wishes. Dan Salmon began filming them all in 2008 and his fascinating, thoughtful film performs its authorised role in their ‘outing’ with sensitivity and admiration. — BG

2012 | New Zealand | Director: Dan Salmond | 86 minutes

SCREENING TIMES Paramount, Sunday 5 August, 6.30pm Paramount, Tuesday 7 August, 11.00am

GROUP BOOKINGS: Express your interest for group bookings of 20 plus people by July 2. Your booking will be secured as tickets go on sale and you will pay concession prices. EMAIL: or call 04 802 3140

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