Bill Direen: A Memory of Others 2017

Directed by Simon Ogston Aotearoa

Filmmaker Simon Ogston hits the road with NZ writer, poet, indie rocker Bill Direen as he explores the cultural landscape and presents a series of strikingly diverse live performances.

87 minutes DCP

Director/Producer/ Editor


Jeff Smith
Simon Ogston


Bill Direen


Bill Direen
The Bilders
Nick Bollinger
Stephen Cogle
Marie Direen
David Eggleton
Hamish Kilgour
Lisa Samuels
Peter Stapleton

World Premiere

Simon Ogston and Bill Direen will be in attendance for a Q+A following all screenings.

Simon Ogston, director of invaluable documentaries about Philip Dadson and the Skeptics, has crafted a lively portrait of Bill Direen, one of New Zealand’s truly maverick voices. For over 40 years that voice has encompassed poetry, rock music, theatre and long-form prose. A road movie following his first national tour in more than a decade, A Memory of Others follows Direen from Dunedin, to Christchurch, to Wellington, to Auckland. In each city he reunites with old bandmates or works with new collaborators to produce a succession of strikingly different performances.

En route Direen visits key locations from his past, telling stories and giving spoken-word performances of his written work. His stops include homages to Janet Frame in Oamaru, to James K. Baxter in Jerusalem, and to Michael Joseph Savage in Auckland. It’s a thoroughly engaging and pleasurably cinematic trip through our geographical and cultural landscape, threaded with interviews and material from Direen’s rich archive. As stimulating as the man it profiles, A Memory of Others is an in-depth exploration of his music and writing, providing a glimpse of our social history and current milieu through his eyes.

This film contains strobe effects

Screening With This Feature

Foraging 2016


5 minutes

Musician Christoph el Truento explores a natural soundscape.