The Comics Show/Questions for Mr Reynolds

Year: 2007
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 107 mins

New Zealand
Editor: Tibor Riddering
Photography: Craig Wright, Leon Narbey
Production assistant: ani-rain Feltham
Sound: Peter Kraan
World Premier

The writing and drawing of comic books has remained a little-known and under-rated area of New Zealand culture. The Comics Show director Shirley Horrocks reveals to us that it is a highly creative subculture with a rich local history. This entertaining and visually inventive film takes us from Auckland street culture to Wellington's ‘Eric Awards' and on to the comic shops of Paris, where New Zealand work is well-known and highly sought after. Questions for Mr Reynolds presents a profile of one of the most important New Zealanders in the arts today - John Reynolds, the painter, photographer and landscape artist who represented our country at the last Sydney Biennale and was recently made a Laureate by the Arts Foundation. John has a likeable, articulate, exuberant personality, a strong sense of humour, and an original approach to the many areas of the arts that he's tackled. With total access behind the scenes, this documentary shows us how John conceives and develops his adventurous projects, and how he manages to combine all this with a busy family life.

Shirley Horrocks will be attending all screenings.