Len Lye. Courtesy the Len Lye Foundation, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Len Lye. Courtesy the Len Lye Foundation, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Doodlin' - Impressions of Len Lye

  • Free daily screenings if schedule permits
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

An overview of the career of experimental animator Len Lye

This documentary, made seven years after the death of legendary filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye, tells Lye's story: from being a young boy staring at the sun, to travels around the Pacific and life in New York.

Directed by Keith Griffiths, it includes excerpts from many of his films, and interviews with second wife Ann, filmmaker Stan Brakhage, composer Jack Ellit, engineer John Matthews and Len Lye's biographer Roger Horrocks.

Len Lye himself is often heard, outlining his ideas of the ‘old brain’ and how Māori and Aboriginal art influenced his work. The grandeur of his ideas are only matched by their scale, with steel sculptures designed to be 'at least 20 foot high'.

NZ, 1987, 52 min., exempt

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