Director: Bruce Morrison
Runtime: 25 minutes
Tony Fomison, one of New Zealand’s leading painters, is profiled in this 1981 episode of a series about notable artists, made for TVNZ.
Interviewed by Hamish Keith, Fomison is an engaging but diffident subject – describing his often dark, brooding works as 'illustrations of dreams', but also ascribing human emotions to them.
His powerful attraction to Pacific cultures is explored, and the film culminates in Fomison receiving a pe’a (the traditional Samoan body tattoo).
Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark runs until 4 Nov.
This film is made in association with Television New Zealand and Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council. The digital version is made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.
Watch an excerpt
You can also watch the episode on NZ On Screen