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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 19, 2011
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Storytellers: From left, Tim Rose, Jim Scott and Sam Hunt.
The one and
only Sam Hunt
By EMMA BEER
Poet's story told on screen
In the words of poet Sam Hunt: Tell the story,
tell it true -- charm it crazy.''
A documentary, which details the life of one
of New Zealand's most famous -- or infamous --
poets, opens in theatres next week.
Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon and other stories
was the first documentary that was really about
Sam Hunt the poet, said producer Jim Scott.
It's the first specifically about him. It's more
He's centre-stage, so we talk to a quite a few
different people. Quite a few famous-ish,
slightly older generation New Zealanders
talking about him, mostly in awe.
C K Stead is a little circumspect about him.
But that's quite good.
It's not a big lovefest on Sam and we never
intended it to be that way.''
Scott and friend Tim Rose have been working
on the documentary since 2006.
Rose has known Hunt since he was a boy,
when they used to go fishing.
There was a desire to share some of his
experiences and capture moments on film for
others to share, Rose said.
Scott said that before the project he was a
little ho hummish'' about poetry.
But through this I actually ended up getting
quite into the poetry, quite digging it.''
The poems do not make up the whole film,
but they are part of it.
The thing is with Sam, the poems kind of are
Scott said one of the best things about the
project was getting to know Hunt.
It was quite a privilege. He's incredibly
charming and that was part of the joy of making
You realise why he is this iconic New Zea-
He's like no-one else I've ever met.
He's entertaining, he's funny, he's great.
Even if he's drunk.''
Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon and other stories
opens at the Paramount Cinema, May 26. Sam
Hunt will perform poetry before the screening.
Treat for Crofton
Book man: Noted scriptwriter Neil Cross.
Photo: JACOB McSWEENY
By JACOB McSWEENY
A former lead scriptwriter for British
TV drama show Spooks and close col-
laborator with director Guillermo del
Toro is to speak at Crofton Downs
School about his experiences as a
Englishman Neil Cross has lived
in Wellington for eight years.
His talk (May 25, 7.30pm) is a
fundraiser for the school, which his
children Ethan, 10, and Finlay, 8,
attend. Del Toro is best known in
New Zealand for being the original
director for The Hobbit, leaving the
project after it encountered several
Cross has worked on three films
with del Toro, including Midnight
Delivery and At the Mountains of
Guillermo and I struck up a close
relationship when he was in Welling-
ton,'' Cross said.
I love spending time with him --
he has boundless energy and infinite
Cross continues to travel exten-
sively for his job.
I travel abroad a lot . . . mostly to
London and, increasingly, Los
Angeles. I tend to go for longer
periods, so I take my family with
The modest scriptwriter thought
Crofton Downs was the right place to
live a quiet family life.
Some would say it's the best place
in the world to raise children.''
Cross began writing at the age of
seven, when he used to draw comics
and then began scripting the comics.
He said his son, Ethan, was also
interested in books, while Finlay had
taken an interest in mathematics.
Information and tickets, Crofton
Downs School 479 2429 or office@
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