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For forty years Sam Hunt has been a force in New Zealand poetry and culture. He is a storyteller who has spent his life struggling with his, often very public, demons. In that journey he has gone from outcast to icon, he has crossed paths with outlaws, Prime Ministers, literary and artistic giants and the public.
Sam Hunt - Purple Balloon and other stories explores how Sam reflects the New Zealand landscape - literary and physical. The film examines what has made him a great poet and an enigma.
Sam is undoubtedly our best known poet, by far the best exponent of performance poetry and one of the most recognisable kiwis alive today. In the words of the late Peter Smart: '"Sam Hunt is important to us because he is that extraordinary, rare person - someone who is prepared to illustrate with his life the value of poetry and the making of poems."
•Music by David Kilgour
•Sam reciting poems to camera
•Readings by Gary McCormick and Jonathan Hunt
•David Kilgour and Sam recording "Falling Debris"
Zone : 0
Aspect Ratio : 16:9