Simon Ogston

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Simon Ogston
BornSimon Ogston
💼 Occupation
independent filmmaker
📆 Years active  1990–present

Simon Ogston is a New Zealand director of a series of documentaries about local music groups. His documentary style combines intimate interviews with archival footage. A Memory of Others was voted one of the ten best documentaries of 2017 by a Criterion Forum Cannes 2017 reviewer.[1] Sheen of Gold was a Best Short Film Finalist in 2013.[2] Three documentaries are concerned with artists who lived and worked in Christchurch NZ before the earthquakes of 2010-11. Ogston is currently working towards a film about the ongoing kinetic sculpture Te Haa o te Ao – Breath of the World, kinetic sculpture by Kerikeri artist Chris Booth.[3]

Critical attention[edit]

Pantograph Punch analysed Ogston's "excavations" of NZ cultural groups and individuals in August 2013 (read time: 45 mins).[4][5][6] Sunday Star Times (Auckland) has qualified Ogston's approach as "impressionistic" and notes that his recent work aims for the "poetic that would extend [the subject's] existing body of work"[7].


  • Bill Direen, A Memory of Others (2017). Documentary about NZ poet and performer Bill Direen, with location footage of Strath Taieri, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Whanganui and Auckland.
  • Philip Dadson: Sonics from Scratch (2015). Documentary about the NZ contemporary composer, in collaboration with Orlando Stewart.
  • Zen. Short.
  • Sheen of Gold (2013).[8][9] 1h 22min, August 2013. Documentary about Flying Nun band The Skeptics ("uncompromising" — Auckland music critic Graham Reid[10]). Premiered 2013 at New Zealand International Film Festival. Available on DVD, featuring an interview with John Halvorsen of Bailter Space, live footage from the band's final gig 13.7.90, footage of live shows on 1.12.89 (Auckland), and Wellington (Oct 87). Cat# FNDVD545.
  • Antarctic Angels and the Unknown Blues, (2012), a "tale of a late-'60s southern counter-culture", documentary about the Invercargill band Antarctic Angels[11]
  • Rumble and Bang, documentary about Chants R&B, a Christchurch NZ 1960s band. Directed by Simon Ogston and Jeff Smith (2011).[12] The complete documentary on the Christchurch band Chants R&B, Rumble and Bang may now be viewed for free on NZ on Air, Iwi Whitahua.[13]
  • Gone With the Weird (2011), documentary about Squirm, a Christchurch NZ 1990s band.[14]


  1. "Dynamic Top Tens of 2017 - Page 3 -".
  2. "NZIFF best short film finalists". The Big Idea. 1 June 2013.
  3. Kinetic sculptor Chris Booth
  4. mins, Gavin Bertram Read Time: 45. "Divine Muscles Flex: An Oral History of Skeptics". Pantograph Punch.
  5. "... excavations" (Michael McDonnell of NZ International Film Festival)
  6. "New Zealand music/arts docos [...] being correctly, lovingly examined” (Simon Sweetman)
  7. {{Cite web|url= Extensive article by NZ journalist Grant Smithies}
  8. "'Sheen of Gold' pays homage to Skeptics". Otago Daily Times Online News. 10 August 2013.
  9. "Skeptics' story told in film by Ogston". Stuff. 3 June 2013.
  10. "SKEPTICS: SHEEN OF GOLD a doco by SIMON OGSTON". Elsewhere by Graham Reid.
  11. Gilchrist, Shane (29 September 2012). "Rocking the South". Otago Daily Times Online News.
  12. "NZIFF: Rumble & Bang" – via
  14. "NZIFF: Gone with the Weird" – via

External links[edit]

Category:New Zealand film directors Category:Living people

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