- Sat 5 Dec 2020
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- Rating: Exempt
- General $16.00
- Concession $12.50 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
- Booking essential
- 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
Writer and artist, James Stevenson was one of the New Yorker Magazine’s most prolific cartoonists.
Revered for its weighty commentary on world affairs, the New Yorker found its sweet side in the wit, whimsy and sheer joie de vivre of Jim’s illustrations and articles.
Opening as the artist celebrates his 85th birthday, director Sally Williams celebrates James Stevenson, one of The New Yorker Magazine’s most prolific cartoonists – and arguably the most beloved. Revered for its weighty commentary on world affairs, The New Yorker found its sweet side in the wit, whimsy and sheer joie de vivre of Stevenson’s illustrations and articles.
Williams, whose TV work includes Orangutan Island for NHNZ and Jurassic C.S.I. for National Geographic, has unearthed a truly dazzling volume of work, a whimsical and yet incisive chronicle of its time.
”…a beautifully imagined portrait of the inimitable and beloved Jim Stevenson.”
– Molly Haskell, film critic
It’s clear that director Sally Jean Williams wants this documentary to be a love letter to Stevenson.
Poet, children’s book author, op-ed contributor, father of nine children, and quintessential oddball, Stevenson is battling dementia. “Man is like a ladder,” he says, “strong in the middle and missing a few rungs towards the end.”
2019 | NZ/US | 76 min | Dir. Sally Williams