Luit Bieringa’s documentary (2016) traces the changes in educational philosophy in the years immediately after World War II. These changes established a thoroughly bicultural and arts-centred education system in New Zealand. 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.
Replete with archival interviews and little-seen footage, this film is likely to transport any Kiwi-educated boomer back to school, but its richly storied excavation of the past is as clearly pointed towards the future as once were its public-servant heroes.
This screening takes place in the historic Lopdell House, previously a school for the deaf and a teacher training facility named after pioneering educator, Frank Lopdell. The setting highlights questions raised by the film about innovations of education in Aotearoa.
Director Luit Bieringa and producer Jan Bieringa will also be present to introduce this special screening.
This documentary is presented as part of the 2017 Auckland Heritage Festival programme.
Sunday 1 October, 1-3pm
418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi