Len Lye in Sydney, circa 1925

Len Lye in Sydney, circa 1925

Flip & Two Twisters

  • Free daily screenings if poss.
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry, donations appreciated
  • 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

A documentary about Len Lye, the great film-maker and kinetic sculptor

'I’m composing figures of motion - and I’m composing them out of very springy spring steel'
– Lye on his process

Motion maestro Lye's international reputation rests on his work as a filmmaker and kinetic sculptor and his lively contributions to the London and New York avant-garde.

This documentary explores Lye's career and ideas, with the help of historical footage and excerpts from his films. It includes footage of Lye in typically exuberant form outlining his process, introduces many of his kinetic works, and documents how some of his most ambitious plans are now being realised in New Zealand.

It includes spectacular camerawork (by Leon Narbey) of his sculpture in motion, including the wild rhythms of his work Trilogy: A Flip and Two Twisters, which first performed at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in 1977. 

Flip & Two Twisters was  selected In Competition for the 5th Biennale du Film sur l’Art at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and In Competition for the 15th Festival International du Film sur l’Art in Montreal, and screened at many other overseas festivals. It has had numerous museum screenings and was shown on TV One (TVNZ), Sundance and on Air NZ flights into New Zealand. 

New Zealand, 16mm film and Betacam. 
Director, Co-producer, Writer: Shirley Horrocks
Producer: Robin Laing
Len Lye Readings: Michael Hurst

NZ, 1995, Colour and B/W, 46 min., Dir. Shirley Horrocks

View the trailer and purchase this DVD here

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