Vincent Ward: Read the book, then see the films

CoverI 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:

Limits of protest

Limits of Protest

30 years ago today … 31 July 1981.
Every Friday over the winter, the Canterbury branch of the Workers’ Educational Association held a forum on a topic of national or local interest. The topic was introduced by an informed speaker and then opened up for general discussion.

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