Photo Film Weekend


Photo Film Weekend

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Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May, Te Auaha Cinema

Settle in for a weekend binge fest of films by or about some of the best photographers in New Zealand’s history. In collaboration with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we’ve got 2 full days of film held at the new Te Auaha creative university, with an onsite bar and areas to relax in in between screening sessions.

Tickets can be purchased for the full weekend or individual days.


11am Ans Westra - Private Journeys / Public Signposts 71 minutes

Ans Westra, whose photographs of New Zealanders constitute a uniquely expressive record of who we are and have been, now sits for the camera herself. Contemplating her career with amusement and gratitude, she speaks as one for whom photography is as natural and indispensable as seeing or remembering. Framed by a conversation with Hone Tuwhare, the film roundly acknowledges the progressive role her work played in 60s counterculture and in the cultural renaissance of Maori.

Break for lunch (at own expense)

1:30pm I am the River 60 mins

A documentary about the Partington collection of Whanganui photographs - their discovery, the storm of protest that erupted over their ownership and sale, and the surprising resolution.

Break 30 mins

3pm Peter Bush Photojournalist 46 mins

 A documentary on the life and work of legendary New Zealand rugby photographer Peter Bush, whose photographs have documented the changing face of All Black Rugby.


11am Peter Peryer. Portrait of a Photographer 30 mins

A profile of New Zealand photographer Peter Peryer. Features one of his photographic projects in which he attempts to get a portrait of a bull and his work with Macano.

11:35am Sense of Place, Robin Morrison Photographer 46 mins

New Zealand photographer Robin Morrison talks about his life and work and the way he saw New Zealand. Part biography, part road movie, part slide show, this film takes you into the world of the photographer to reveal the essence of his relationships with his subjects.

Break for lunch (at own expense)

1:30pm Marti: The Passionate Eye 73 mins

A tribute to the work of one of New Zealand’s greatest photographers, Marti Friedlander. Friedlander turned to photography as a way to negotiate a relationship with New Zealand. Her outsider’s eye, curious and questioning but never unfriendly, saw the country with a freshness and intensity. The Passionate Eye explores the mysteries of good photography and the lively interaction between the photographer and her subjects, who range from children, Prime Ministers, back-country farmers, nuns and rock singers..

Break 30 mins

3:15pm A Master of Light - The Life and Work of Brian Brake Photographer 47 mins

Brian Brake, New Zealand’s internationally acclaimed Magnum photographer discusses his Monsoon series and the difficulty of photographing rain. He also talks about the craft of photography: “photography is a mixture of craft, profession and art ... You are only as good as your last photograph.”


Thank you to our venue host Te Auaha and our film partner Ngā Taonga for providing the films. They hold an extensive archive and we highly recommend you visit their website to explore what they hold.