I remember the time vividly. I was in Wellington studying for my Library qualification. It was wet and windy, and my boyfriend suggested we go and see Vigil directed by Vincent Ward. I was cold and miserable beforehand, and even more so at the end of the movie. I felt damp and slightly mildewy and I remember hating the movie. He saw it three times.
It was many years later that I ventured out to see another Vincent Ward movie, Map of the human heart. I don’t remember anything from it except two people making love on top of a barrage balloon. I remember being confused by the whole thing and I think we had an argument about what the movie was actually about. The then boyfriend (now husband) continued to see all the movies Ward has made and has remained a true fan, so when I saw that he had written a book Vincent Ward the past awaits : people, images film I thought that I would get it out of the library for him.
Dipping into it one day I started reading and realised that I loved the book more than I disliked the films, and I wish I could have somehow magically read it before I’d seen them. Vincent Ward writes very personally about the thoughts and emotions behind the films. He is a good writer, and the photos are fantastic. He includes some of his art work which I don’t particularly like, but that aside, this book is quite something and well worth borrowing. I may even watch the movies again and see if I have a new appreciation! Luckily we have some in the Library: