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Burning bright: Writer Michael Morrissey is the subject of Daytime Tiger, a film documenting his week-long slide
into an episode of manic illness.
A week in
the LIFE of
a troubled MIND
By JIM CHIPP
Does genius sometimes lie
That's an intriguing ques-
tion posed by Hataitai film-maker
Costa Botes' documentary Day-
The film, which is among the
local offerings in this year's New
Zealand Film Festival, tracks a
one-week period in Auckland
writer Michael Morrissey's life as
he spirals into a manic phase of
At Morrissey's invitation, Botes
somewhat reluctantly agreed to
film him and his wife as they
coped with his illness.
Some people with bipolar dis-
order, formerly known as manic
depression, are high achievers
who sometimes credit their suc-
cess to the heightened perception
and accelerated thought that they
believe the manic phase of the
condition brings them.
Does mania open up the
creative gates? And where does
creativity come from? Is there a
part of the brain that people who
are manic can access more
readily?'' asks Botes.
Michael's answer to that was,
and probably still is, yes, the proof
of that being that so many
geniuses have mania.
My feeling was that it doesn't
matter how much of a genius you
are, how tight your conduit is to
creativity, if you haven't got the
discipline to do the work, then it's
all for nothing anyway. I could
really see that in Michael.''
Morrissey has written a book on
the subject, Taming the Tiger.
When I was filming him, he
always took the line that he knew
best and could control it.
The analogy he gave is surfing
the giant 40-foot [12-metre] waves
in Hawaii. Someone with enough
skill and experience was able to do
it and he was that man, that he
always knew when it was coming
and he would be able to surf it [a
manic episode],'' he said.
If this is surfing I see rocks
Morrissey asked Botes not to
make the film soft, but was sur-
prised how hard the finished prod-
It's not matinee entertain-
ment, but I don't think it's par-
ticularly gruelling,'' Botes said.
The film depicts Morrissey in
control of his behaviour, partly in
control and then out of control.
In fact you can actually see
that change,'' said Botes.
That was one of the challenges
I had when editing the film. I
didn't want to subtitle it, but I
wanted people to understand
what they were seeing.''
Botes said the film gave an up-
close look at a case of mental ill-
ness and was unbelievably frank
and often surprisingly funny.
Festival to feature local films
Four New Zealand feature films and
two local retrospective films will screen
in this year's New Zealand Inter-
national Film Festival, organisers
Florian Habicht's Love Story is part
romantic comedy and part documen-
tary, following Habicht on a search for
love in New York.
New Zealander Kerry Hamill was
captured, tortured and killed by Khmer
Rouge in 1978. In Brother Number One,
producer Annie Goldson follows Kerry's
brother, Olympian and trans-Atlantic
rower Rob Hamill, on his journey to
Cambodia to testify at the War Crimes
Tribunal. Hammill retraces the steps
taken by his brother and speaks to
Daytime Tiger is a new documentary
by Costa Botes that captures local
writer Michael Morrissey's struggle
with bipolar disorder.
Park Kiyong's documentary Moving
looks at the impact of the February
earthquake on a Korean immigrant
family attempting to rebuild their lives
Mana Waka, the 1990 feature-length
documentary directed by Merata Mita,
will screen as a tribute to the film-
maker who died suddenly a year ago
after collapsing outside the Maori Tele-
Illustrious Energy, a highly regarded
but little-seen 1988 feature by Leon
Narbey, will screen as a retrospective
title in Wellington only. Set in central
Otago in 1895, two Chinese immigrants
dream of returning to their home
country as they struggle to make a liv-
ing gold mining.
The New Zealand International Film
Festival will run from July 28 to August
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writer in residence at
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Walker is a former
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