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Jacqueline Fahey: A Painted Life


Public talk:

documentary film in progress

Sat 31 Aug

2 - 3:30pm

Upper Chamber


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Film-makers Waka Attewell and Gerd Pohlmann team up with artist Sally Griffin to explore new boundaries in documentary filmmaking with the wonderful art of Jacqueline Fahey.  

The filmmakers invite you to a talk about their ‘work in progress documentary’ on the artist.

This event coincides with Jacqueline Fahey’s Suburbanites exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata, from 1st August – 1st November 2019.

“We have been filming Jack now for the past couple of years – at a floor talk in Christchurch, in her home, helping pack up paintings for the Portrait Gallery exhibition, often informal and almost spontaneous!”   

Discussion and questions are welcome. 

Artists Biographies:

WAKA ATTEWELL - is a freelance cameraman and director of photography who has worked with many of the major directors in New Zealand cinema. He has won awards both for his cinematography (The Whole of the Moon) and direction (Our Future Generation).  He is working on ‘Undertow’ for 2020 which is a dramatic operatic production showing pivotal moments in Aotearoa’s history as seen through the eyes of seven generations. For more about Waka, go to

SALLY GRIFFIN - is a painter of figurative narratives, a kaleidoscope of people, events, historical stories and dreams - Melbourne born and trained. Her recent sojourn into filmmaking was inspired by the thought of a documentary about her friend and work colleague, the politician, Jim Anderton, and the other about artist, Jacqueline Fahey, also a friend for over 40 years. To see Sally’s art, go to 

GERD POHLMANN - after studying film at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) Berlin, Gerd produced and directed some of the more seminal New Zealand documentaries in the 1980s. He later worked for German TV channels like NDR, WDR and ARTE, travelling the world. He is presently completing a documentary on New Zealand humanist and socialist politician Jim Anderton. Gerd lives on Waiheke Island.

Earlier Event: 23 August
Linear Impositions
Later Event: 2 September
Te Reo Course for Artists