Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Apple Pie 2016

Directed by Sam Hamilton

Artist Sam Hamilton speculates on the unique and relational aspects of our solar system’s major celestial bodies and their cultural, scientific and existential meaning for us in this dense experimental film.

80 minutes DCP
nudity

Director

Producer

Lani Felthan

Photography

Ian Powell

Narrators

Christopher Francis Schiel
,
Muagututia Kelemete Fu’a

With

Ioane Papali’i
,
Lauren Waudé
,
Dean Roberts
,
Kasina Campbell
,
Oscar Dowling
,
Jon Bywater
,
Louise Menzies
,
Andy Hamilton
,
Metusela Toso
,
Mosiana Webster
,
Nikki Upoko
,
Jasmine Day
,
Lisa Clarke
,
Tyla Davis
,
Ezra Williams
,
Jackson Hobbs
,
Stephen Bain
,
Chelsea Jade Metcalf
,
Josh Rutter
,
Sam Hamilton

Shot on 16mm celluloid across parts of New Zealand and Samoa, interdisciplinary artist Sam Hamilton’s ten-part experimental magnum opus makes thought-provoking connections between life on Earth and the cosmos, and, ultimately, art and science. Structured around the ten most significant celestial bodies of the Milky Way, Apple Pie’s inquiry begins with the furthest point in our solar system, Pluto, as a lens back towards our home planet and the ‘mechanisms by which certain aspects of scientific knowledge are digested, appropriated and subsequently manifest within the general human complex’. Christopher Francis Schiel’s dry, functional narration brings a network of ideas about our existence into focus, while Hamilton’s visual tableaux, as an extension of his multifaceted practice, veer imaginatively between psychedelic imagery and performance art. The centrepiece of the film is a striking sequence involving dancer Ioane Papali’i, whose limbs are tied by long strands of rope to a tree. His struggle, perhaps, is one of trying to deviate from the blueprints of reality, a fundamental aspect of our species’ most constructive faculties, says Hamilton. — Tim Wong