This is a warts-and-all tribute to one of the country’s best-known, best-lived and most colourful literary figures.
Hone Tuwhare lives in a tiny house in the South Otago settlement of Kaka Point, where he continues to write prolifically.
Early in 1996 he allowed a film crew to observe him at home, around Kaka Point, and travelling the country reading his work. The result is a punchy portrait of a remarkable poet and a great New Zealand character.
The documentary shows him shaping and polishing a new love poem…visiting old drinking haunts around Dunedin…reading to a hall full of entranced school pupils in wellington…and long the way expounding his distinctive views on everything from the Bible to Karl Marx’s love life.
Hone reads some of his best-known poems in this film – including Rain and No Ordinary Sun – as well as more obscure and even unpublished work. Old friends, colleagues and neighbours – both famous and unknown – give their impressions of an unforgettable person, but Hone is mainly allowed to speak for himself. He is shown as a modest master of language who, after a tumultuous life, has found active contentment in one of the most beautiful corners of New Zealand.
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Producer: John Harris
Co-producer: Gaylene Preston
Associate producer: Mark Derby
Thanks to: Godwit Publishing publisher of Hone’s poems
Special thanks and aroha to: Hone Tuwhare
Exec producer: Caterina de Nave
Director: Gaylene Preston
Researcher: Mark Derby
Editor: Simon Reece
Online editor: Martyn Culpitt
Production manager: Cathy White
Production assistant: Cerridwyn Young
Camera assistants: Adam Clark, Richard Baker
Photographer: Alun Bollinger
Music: Jonathan Crayford
Production accountant: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TVNZ New Zealand On Air