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Inspiration: A Master of Light, Brian Brake


Wed 1 Nov 2017, 5:30pm–6:35pm
Thu 2 Nov 2017, 5:30pm–6:35pm
Fri 3 Nov 2017, 5:30pm–6:35pm
Wed 8 Nov 2017, 5:30pm–6:35pm
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 4:30pm–5:35pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $5.12 ($5.00 + $0.12 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale


Related Artists:

Peter Coats
Peter Coats, Cyril Morton, Geoffrey Scott
A documentary survey of the work of Brian Brake (1927-1988), one of New Zealand’s best known and most successful photographers. Brake's short film Snows of Aorangi, made for the NFU in 1955 will also screen.

During the documentary Brake recalls his time at the National Film Unit. In 1955, Brake directed, co-wrote, edited and shot Snows of Aorangi, a tourist promotion film surveying New Zealand’s mountain landscapes. In 1959 Snows of Aorangi became the first film New Zealand to be nominated for an Academy Award when it was entered in the Best Short Subject (Live action) category.

Inspiration: A Master of Light, Brian Brake was first broadcast on TV1 on 11 December 1987

Snows of Aorangi was released by the National Film Unit on 15 February 1955.

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About the 'Inspiration' series — billed as directors’ essays on great New Zealand Artists.

The TVNZ Arts Unit was set up in the TVNZ Features Department in 1984-85. Production of the popular weekly arts programme, Kaleidoscope, was brought into the Arts Unit. After a year or so of successful Kaleidoscope production, the lack of in-depth stories on New Zealand artists saw the development of the 'Inspiration' concept. Where Kaleidoscope centred on news/magazine/short-length profiles, 'Inspiration' allowed documentary-length “director’s essay” on New Zealand artists.

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