Don Driver Magician - Screening at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, 8 August, 2015

Judge, Paul and Sutherland, Bridget (2015) Don Driver Magician - Screening at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, 8 August, 2015. 8 August 2015.

Image (PNG) (Web archive)
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.


Abstract or Summary

Originally planned as a short documentary of the 1999 retrospective at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Paul Judge’s film has grown incrementally in the years since to take its place as a thorough record and eloquent posthumous tribute to a major New Zealand artist. We meet Driver at home and in his studio in New Plymouth, tearing up movie posters and reconstituting them into intimations of primal dread no film studio ever dreamt of, at least, not knowingly. Driver’s weirdly animate assemblages took many forms and sizes – those dolls and animal skulls, the prams erupting with plastic tubing – and their stockyard surrealism sent shivers down the spines of the unprepared. It is amusing to hear his flat disavowals of sinister intent, completely apiece with his way of letting the art do the talking. Judge adds in a little later material and earlier footage from as far back as a The South Tonight piece in 1972, and a formative 1965 visit to the US. Elizabeth Smither narrates and interviews Driver, while diverse artists and commentators pepper analysis with anecdote. NZ, 2013, Colour, 67 min., Exempt Directors Paul Judge and Bridget Sutherland 8 Aug | 3:30 pm Free entry Bookings essential

Item Type:Moving image
Additional Information:The film screening was attended by the director and producer who gave a Q & A session
Keywords that describe the item:Don Driver, New Zealand art, documentary film
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:3938
Deposited By:
Deposited On:28 Oct 2015 03:06
Last Modified:28 Oct 2015 03:06

Repository Staff Only: item control page