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Aro Recommended Colin McCahon: I Am


New Zealand 2004, 72 minutes
Dir. Paul Swadel
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Documentary / Arts & Artists

Feat. Sam Neill


Aroview: A sterling examination of the life and work of New Zealand's most renowned modern artist, Colin McCahon, who was born in 1919 and blossomed into a painter in the 1930s, introducing a new emphasis on abstraction and spirituality to familiar local artistic preoccupations with landscape and alienation.

McCahon also suffered from various personal demons, including alcoholism, which contributed to his early death in 1987. Lifted to a gratifying level of substance and intelligence, dir. Swadel utilises interviews with a bevy of art-world experts and family members to tell his story, even rescuing a rare audio interview with the painter from obscurity (otherwise Sam Neill doubles as the voice of McCahon).

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