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Horrocks, Shirley

Works: 65 works in 177 publications in 2 languages and 1,844 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Action and adventure films  Science fiction films  Fantasy films  Documentary films  Animated films  Children's films  Biography  Short films  History 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Shirley Horrocks
Most widely held works by Shirley Horrocks
Pleasures and Dangers( Visual )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film profiles six contemporary New Zealand women artists, internationally successful in their fields of painting, photography, film making and sculpture. Contains profiles of Alexis Hunter, Alison Maclean, Julia Morison, Lisa Reihana, Merylyn Tweedie and Christine Webster
Kiwiana( Visual )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A light-hearted look at the growing craze for 'kiwiana' or things which represent the New Zealand way of life. From film-makers to fashion designers, museum curators to comedians, everyone is joining in the search for our national icons. Directed by Shirley Horrocks, Kiwiana is one of the most popular New Zealand documentaries of recent years. Its wide-ranging look at the icons of everyday Kiwi culture includes media personalities Gary McCormick, Ginette McDonald (Lynn of Tawa) and John Clarke (Fred Dagg); exhibition curators Richard Wolfe and John Perry; film director Peter Jackson; fashion designer Marilyn Sainty; artists Lisa Reihana and Judy Darragh; and many other well-known New Zealanders
Art that moves : the work of Len Lye by Roger Horrocks( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most original artists to have emerged from New Zealand, Len Lye (1901-1980) had a passion for movement from an early age. This fascination shaped his urgent and pioneering films and kinetic sculptures and contributed to his remarkable work in painting, photography and writing. Lye had a big idea -- that movement could be the basis for a completely new kind of art -- and he devoted much of his life to it. 'Kinetic art is the first new category of art since pre-history, ' he boldly claimed in 1964. What did he mean by this? And how does his work in film and sculpture bear it out? Roger Horrocks, author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed 2001 biography of Lye, makes a powerful case for the artistʼs originality and the relevance of his ideas today. Lye's 'big idea' illuminates not only his own work but the ʻmystery of movementʼ in all forms of art -- from dance to film -- and in our own lives. Here Horrocks traces these connections and tells us much that is new about Lye, including behind-the-scenes information about how the artist dreamed up and applied his new methods of film-making and created his kinetic sculptures. He also covers the remarkable story of how Lyeʼs unfinished projects are being built in New Zealand today and the controversy this has sometimes aroused."--Publisher's website
Flip and two twisters : a documentary about Len Lye by Shirley Horrocks( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flip and Two Twisters is a documentary about Len Lye, the great film-maker and kinetic sculptor. This dynamic artist spent his life developing a highly original art of motion. Flip and Two Twisters explores Lye's career and ideas with the help of newly discovered historical footage of the artist. It includes some great examples of Lye's film making, and some spectacular camerawork (by Leon Narbey) of his sculpture in motion, including the wild rhythms of his great work 'Flip and Two Twisters'. The film also chronicles recent attempts to realise Lye's plans for giant versions of his sculpture
The new Oceania : Albert Wendt, writer( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He has given the world a new vision of the Pacific and of New Zealand as a Pacific nation. But New Zealanders are only just waking up to the huge international reputation of novelist Albert Wendt
Questions for Mr. Reynolds( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Reynolds is well-known as the painter, photographer and landscape artists who represented New Zealand at the last Sydney Biennale and was recently made a Laureate by the Arts Foundation of NZ. This feature-length documentary is an intimate portrait which tracks him through an extraordinary year during which he creates a huge painted work in Sydney called 'Cloud, ' collaborates with architects to design a hotel in Auckland, redesigns the iconic NZ Swanndri, tattoos a friend, appears as a character in a popular cartoon series, does Samuel Beckett style performances in a bizarre camouflage suit, and makes extraordinary large scale landscape works in Otago and Kaipara. With total access behind the scenes, the documentary shows us how John conceives and develops his adventurous projects. There is also fascinating personal history such as the story of 'John's Diner, ' the legendary Auckland cafe that he ran in the early '80's, and an account of how John started out as an artist
Marti : the passionate eye( Visual )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marti: the passionate eye traces the dramatic personal story of Marti Friedlander, one of New Zealand's leading photographers, alongside the major social changes she recorded. She has photographed New Zealand's best-known artists in their studios, collaborated with Michael King on a famous series of Maori portraits, and documented many protest activities including the Springbok Tour and the Women's Movement. Marti talks frankly about the art of photography, her life, and the fascinating people and events she has portrayed
The comics show( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writing and drawing of comic books has remained a little-known and under-rated area of New Zealand culture. Director Shirley Horrocks reveals it to us as a highly creative subculture with a rich local history. Despite a moral panic about comics in the '40s and '50s (recalled here by Eric Resetar, the grand old man of local comics), later decades brought us the exciting counter-culture work of Barry Linton and the other artists of Strips magazine (such as Dick Frizzell and Grant Major), the new directions taken by women artists such as Coco and Pritika, and the publication of long-form 'graphic novels' such as Ant Sang's Dharma Punks and Dylan Horrocks's Hicksville. There are now comics for all ages and interests. Comics have links with animation and with music (as shown by Chris Knox and Karl Wills among others). This highly entertaining and visually inventive film takes us from Auckland street culture, to Wellington's 'Eric Awards', to a do-it-yourself comic collective ('Funtime' in Christchurch). This is an unexpected, eye-opening arts documentary with broad appeal
Dance of the instant : the New Dance Group, 1945-1947( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New Dance Group played a key role in pioneering modern dance in New Zealand in the 1940s - an inspiring example of a young group without money or institutional support, who succeeded in creating something new in the arts by sheer determination and innovative thinking. Their story (which involves some well-known New Zealanders from theatre and education) reflects the excitement of the immediate post-war years in New Zealand
Act of murder( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about Miranda Harcourt taking the play Verbatim (written by Miranda Harcourt and William Brandt) to New Zealand prison audiences. The play consists of verbatim accounts of violent crime, knitted together as a searing six-character monologue. All the characters were performed by Miranda herself. Screened on TV One (TVNZ), this documentary won the Premier Prize (across all media) at the first Media Peace Awards. Additional screenings on Sundance
He wawata whaea : the dream of an elder( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in Maori and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should be aware that this content may contain images or names of people who have since passed away. Merimeri Penfold has been a pioneer all her life - as a champion of the Maori language - as a woman leader in the North and at national level - as a composer of haka and waiata - and as a generous, creative influence in many areas of the arts. Merimeri is a lively and inspiring figure who has been involved in many big changes. Her long and eventful life story provides a rich perspective not only on the far North but on many important events and people in the recent history of our country. In the course of the documentary she presents her "dreams" for the future of Maori language and culture
Art that moves : the world of Len Lye( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Len Lye (1901-1980) was a pioneer of experimental animation, and also of kinetic sculpture. This short film dramatically presents 18 minutes inside the head of the artist as a teenager. The opening scenes are set in New Zealand in the year 1917, on the day when Lye (setting out on his bicycle to deliver newspapers) makes his excited discovery that motion can be the basis for a radically new approach to art. New Zealand in those days was a remote, conservative little country - a very unlikely place for an avant-garde artist to begin his career. But looking at fast-moving clouds, and suddenly seeing their patterns of movement as a kind of music, starts the young man on the path that would lead to him becoming a highly original film-maker and sculptor. Following this 'Eureka!' moment, a series of other dramatized scenes tracks what he does with the idea - the development of his artistic thinking, in particular his intense focus on the body and what he called 'the Old Brain'. He explores unusual forms of dance. He is drawn to the film medium but troubled by its habit of giving priority to story-telling over movement. Art that Moves ends with a montage sequence showing the ultimate fruits of his idea - his creation of films and kinetic sculptures, both informed by the same highly original sense of motion. These are Lye's ideas in action, with relevance to every film-maker, dancer, or artist who works with movement today
Early days yet : a documentary about the great poet, Allen Curnow by Shirley Horrocks( Visual )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allen Curnow was one of the greatest of New Zealand writers, with a major international reputation. Winner of 7 New Zealand Book Awards and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, he was the first person outside Britain to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. This is the only documentary to explore Curnow's remarkable life and work. It's a compelling close-up portrait of a man who worked on the cutting edge of literature for nearly 70 years. Beautifully filmed by Leon Narbey, with music by Jonathan Besser and Douglas Lilburn, the film takes Curnow to the scenes of many of his most important poems - from New Zealand's South Island landscapes and Auckland's West Coast beaches to the streets of Rome. It provides vivid access to Curnow's work by dramatised versions of his poems and by his own fascinating comments on writing
Historic Nelson by Shirley Horrocks( Book )

2 editions published between 1971 and 1984 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Len Lye talks about art( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seven thought-provoking illustrated talks by Len Lye, the great kinetic sculptor, painter and film-maker ... These lively talks, available for the first time, cover a wide range of topics, including kinetic sculpture; film-making; ancient and 'classical' art; 'doodling' and the creative process; children's art; and 'art, science and myth.'"--Container
He wawata whaea : dreams of an elder( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Maori and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about the life of 87 year old Merimeri Penfold, a Māori teacher who defended the language and culture of New Zealand's indigenous people. A champion of Te Reo, a leader in her community and nationally, a composer of songs and poems, she was the first teacher of spoken Māori
For love or money( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at a range of New Zealanders who share a passion for art and art collecting. Artists and art dealers offer their own perspectives on art collecting
See what I mean( Visual )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents two real life stories - the story of a family who were all born deaf, and the story of a woman journalist who discovers she is losing her hearing. It offers advice about hearing loss and celebrates the N.Z. Deaf community with scenes from the 50th Jubilee of Auckland Deaf Schools, Deaf rugby, and other Deaf community events
Transformers by Michael Bay( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a documentary on the exhibition of contemporary art "Transformers". Introduces the artists, who explain their work and follows the non-stop transformations of their art, sculpture that grows, burns, melts, makes its own music and constantly tests the boundaries of art
Documentary New Zealand. a film by Shirley Horrocks( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at a variety of homestays and farmstays and talks to the hosts who offer tourists a taste of the real New Zealand
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Art that moves : the work of Len Lye
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