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NZ Film Festival: Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon

NZ Film Festival: Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon

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  • Tue 14 Sep ’10, 6:00pm


TopTown Cinema 5, 119 - 125 Devon St East, New Plymouth Show map


All Ages

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Sam Hunt

If every New Zealander over a certain age feels familiar enough with Sam Hunt to say gidday to the guy, this vivid, unvarnished portrait, which contains that suggestion, might give us pause. Tim Rose and Jim Scott have assembled their film from several sessions with the ever-loquacious, rock ’n’ roll bard; telling testimony from his friends, relatives and other experts; and screeds of lively footage from television archives dating back to 1970.

Contradictions abound: he never spoke until he was four. An inspiring teacher himself, and clearly respected by decades of teachers who’ve taken him into their classrooms, he mocks teachers for analysing poetry, then himself spells out the metaphor of the de-winged butterfly. It’s a startlingly honest portrait of a man in a state of constant agitation with himself, but who’s long since known that he was a poet. He owns up to the booze, no worries, while plying his mordant commentaries on the body politic and his lyrical gift for brushing up against the mysteries of existence. — BG

Director: Tim Rose
Year: 2010
Running time: 83 mins

Photography: Tim Rose
Producers: Tim Rose, Jim Scott
Executive producer: Vincent Burke
Editor: Douglas Frankl
Additional photography: Russell Collins, Kuika Illingworth, Jim Best, Darren Storm
Sound: Jim Scott, Morgan Samuel
Music: David Kilgour

With: Sam Hunt, Robin White, Dick Frizzell, Brian Edwards, Colin Hogg, Karyn Hay, Denis Glover, Hone Tuwhare, Jan Kemp, James K. Baxter, Tom Hunt, Alf Hunt, Steven Hunt, Jonothan Hunt, Alister Taylor, C.K. Stead, Nick Bollinger, Gary McCormack, David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights, Isabella Rose, Isabella Howard

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