Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts 2006

Directed by Luit Bieringa

Ans Westra, whose photographs of New Zealanders constitute a uniquely expressive record of who we are and have been, contemplates her career with amusement and gratitude.

72 minutes Beta-SP

Director

Producer

Jan Bieringa

Photography, Editor, Sound

John Irwin

Music

Bevan Smith

Consultant

Gaylene Preston

With

Ans Westra
,
Hone Tuwhare
,
John B. Turner
,
Kara Puketapu
,
Jim Ritchie
,
Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira
,
Anna Karena
,
Tina Barton
,
Lisa can der Hulst
,
Erik Westra

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. Luit Bieringa, first-time filmmaker and curator of the superb touring retrospective, intercuts her testimony with cordial interjections from friends, family and other well-informed admirers – and shows us the photos. Drawn to big public occasions, she’s rarely interested in big public figures. Her images are captured at the peripheries of official activity and are all the more piquant for that. 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. We are delighted to present these première screenings of the extended Festival version of Bieringa’s film, commissioned by TVNZ for TV One’s Artsville series, and to join in celebrating a great New Zealand image-maker. — BG