Art On Film

Alice's selection of Art on Film houses an ecletic collection of artists from cartoon maverick Robert Crumb to local genius Ralph Hotere. Classical greats like da Vinci and the French Masters sit next to Picasso and Hockney. Illustration: Bill Hammond's 'Placemakers' 1996

The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia (2002)

Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Starring: Shelby Lee Adams

For over 30 years, celebrated photographer Shelby Lee Adams has been photographing the impoverished mountain-dwellers of his native eastern Kentucky.... Read more

The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

Director: Christina Clausen

An intimate portrait of one of the most popular and culturally significant artists of the 20th century, whose mantra was 'art is for everyone!'. Chris... Read more

Tim's Vermeer (2013)

Director: Teller
Starring: David Hockney, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull

Art documentary from Teller (as in one half of Penn & Teller), asking the question: Is a masterpiece still a masterpiece if an amateur could do it? Ti... Read more

Tintin and I (2003)

Director: Anders Ostergaard

Explores the world of Tintin creator Herge and his experiences and mental state leading up to the writing of 'Tintin in Tibet', often heralded as his... Read more

Transformers (1996)

Director: Shirley Horrocks

The most popular exhibition of contemporary art ever held in New Zealand was this international survey of artworks that transform themselves, or their... Read more

Unusual Buildings and Other Interesting Roadside Stuff (2004)

Rick Sebak takes a road trip in search of America's most interesting, wacky and goofy buildings, celebrating places such as the Big Duck on Long Islan... Read more

Us and The Game Industry (2014)

Director: Stephanie Beth

Experience recent designs for video games in the 21st Century. The developers, their peers and the world of support structures for these expose the ma... Read more

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Starring: Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino Garavani

Far from being a film solely for fashion lovers, this is an intriguing, multi-layered personality study that provides an exciting and eye-opening look... Read more

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (2018)


A new look at Van Gogh, through the legacy of the largest private collector of artworks by the Dutch painter: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), who,... Read more

Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (1987)

Director: Paul Cox
Starring: John Hurt

This film reinforces director Paul Cox's status as a great, driven artist, as he explores the life of another great artist. He visualises the trees, f... Read more