The stories of Māori figures painted by the artist Gottfried Lindauer are explored in a new series of BEHIND THE BRUSH, starting Monday September 1 at 8.00pm on Māori Television.
Over seven episodes, BEHIND THE BRUSH reveals the personal stories of 21 fascinating characters in New Zealand’s history through interviews with their descendants.
“This second season of BEHIND THE BRUSH has been challenging as we aim to create something that is not just a television show but also a work of art itself,” says director and executive producer Julian Arahanga, of Awa Films (Songs from the Inside, Once Were Warriors - Where are they Now?).
“We all feel that with this work comes with a huge responsibility to uphold the mana and wairua of our tūpuna. Each day we go to work we are so grateful to have been given the honour to bring these stories to the world.”
The stories are rich and full of drama. One woman swam through a river with her baby on her back to avoid capture and certain death. Another beautiful young girl swept a charming Prince of Wales off his feet.
BEHIND THE BRUSH further traces the life of Gottfried Lindauer, from his early life in the Czech town Pilsen to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. His granddaughter Rebe Mason, from Hamilton, also features throughout the series.
BEHIND THE BRUSH is made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho, NZ On Air and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, which holds the largest collection of Lindauer paintings.
Tune in to BEHIND THE BRUSH on Māori Television from Monday, September 1 at 8.00pm to hear descendants of tūpuna painted by Gottfried Lindauer lift the lid on history.
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