Posted Tuesday 28 Mar 2023
The documentary Signed, Theo Schoon is touring the mid-lower South Island - get along to see what made this mercurial and often controversial artist tick.
Jan Bieringa is the creative producer on this doco directed by her late husband Luit Bieringa (Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts NZIFF 2006, The Man in the Hat NZIFF 2009 and The heART of the Matter NZIFF 2016).
Edited by Lala Rolls, the doco pieces together the tale of Schoon from historic archive footage, photos and audio recordings, underpinned by Luit Bieringa's own encounters and correspondence with Schoon, as well as conversations with contemporaries.
In the context of New Zealand culture in the second half of the 20th century, The Dutch émigré Theo Schoon (1915 – 1985) rocked our world. For all the ‘noise’ that has surrounded Schoon the personality – as in mad, bad and dangerous to know, the artist that emerges from this film is one who gave infinitely more than he took. - Hamish Coney, Newsroom
The April screening schedule is below:
Arrowtown 6pm 13th April at the Dorothy Brown Cinema courtesy of Nadene Milne Gallery.
Alexandra 7pm Fri 14 Central cinema Alexandra, courtesy Andrew and Loretta Bush.
Invercargill 6pm Tues 18 Invercargill Public Art Gallery He Waka Tui.
Gore 6pm Wed 19 Eastern Southland Gallery.
Ōamaru 6pm Fri 21 Ōamaru Opera House, Ink Box Theatre.
Timaru 6pm Sat 22 Aigantighe Art Gallery.
Christchurch 6pm Wed 26 Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.