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July 15, 2024 9:00AM—July 31, 2024 11:55PM • Wellington (The Roxy Cinema), Auckland (The Capitol Cinema), and online

Spontaneous Combustion: Songs for Barry Brickell


When the natural environment and the human imagination combine.

A celebration of Barry Brickell's legacy and the realisation of his extraordinary dream, Driving Creek Railway, a productive pottery with numerous kilns, a railway, a native bird sanctuary, and a lively creative hub drawing artists from around the globe.

The film reflects the sensual attachment Brickell felt to the land and human form, as expressed in the ceramic sculptures that defined his creativity. It is a paean to all Barry held dear: the bush, the railway, the company of friends, conversation, and song. A cinematic montage of historical stills and film from present-day Driving Creek is woven with a spirited, poetic narration by Greg O'Brien, with a sumptuous soundtrack performed by Wellington group Palliser Viols, including compositions by Gillian Whitehead and Ross Harris.

Screening at the Roxy Cinema (Wellington), and the Capitol Cinema (Auckland). Also available to stream on-demand via the Virtual Cinema (15–31 July).

Start time

July 15, 2024 9:00AM

End time

July 31, 2024 11:55PM


Wellington (The Roxy Cinema), Auckland (The Capitol Cinema), and online