Through a Different Lens: Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul

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"All my films poems paintings play more or less between inner and outer events." – Joanna Margaret Paul

Filmmaker and curator Peter Todd presents a programme of 12 films screened for the first time to an international audience by New Zealand poet, painter, and filmmaker Joanna Margaret Paul. Often shot and edited in camera, her films chronicle motherhood and domestic life, the worn traces of urban settlement and the persistent presence of the natural world. Todd’s accompanying essay places Joanna Margaret Paul work in the lineage of filmmakers Margaret Tait and Robert Bresson, and painter Frances Hodgkins.

"Motifs return in her films or what she has filmed. They become motifs through accumulation. A way that is perhaps both a becoming familiar with, getting ones bearings, and just being." – Peter Todd


  • Napkins, 1975
  • Jillian Dressing, 1976
  • Task, 1982
  • Sisterhood, 1975
  • Seacliff, 1975
  • Body/House, 1975
  • Motorway, 1971
  • Barrys Bay 2, 1975
  • Children Imogen, 1975
  • Aberhart’s House, 1976
  • Port Chalmers Cycle, 1972
  • Thorndon, 1975
  • Napkins, 1975

All films have been transferred from 8mm and 16mm film to HD video. Total duration 68 min

Peter Todd's essay on the work of Joanna Paul can be found here:

Through a Different Lens: Film Work by Joanna Margret Paul was commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand with the support of Creative New Zealand.


Friday, December 2, 2016 - 20:00


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