The heART of the Matter

The heART of the Matter

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New Zealand historical documentary on the monumental shift in Kiwi education that took place after World War II. More

"Under the leadership of a legendary director general of education, Clarence Beeby, the years immediately after World War II saw the most remarkable shifts in educational philosophy New Zealand had ever experienced. Luit Bieringa’s documentary traces those changes and the army of men and women who worked to establish a thoroughly bicultural and arts-centred education system.

"Gordon Tovey, national supervisor of arts and crafts, and his team of artists and art specialists fostered the lively and colourful classrooms that New Zealand is familiar with today, in stark contrast to the rote-learning environments preceding them. Contributing art specialists included Cliff Whiting, Para Matchitt and Ralph Hotere. Critically, they ensured that aspects of Māori art such as kōwhaiwhai, kapa haka and waiata had a central place in our mainstream classrooms through in-depth consultation with Ngāti Porou kaumātua Pine Taiapa." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

2016Rating: Exempt89 minsNew Zealand
Luit Bieringa ('The Man in the Hat')
Gordon Tovey

Streaming (2 Providers)

The heART of the Matter | Release Details

The heART of the Matter is available to stream in New Zealand now on NZ Film On Demand and AroVision.