Behind the Brush

nz-on-air-logo-300The December announcements for what is coming to our screens in 2014 are coming thick and fast.  This time it’s the announcement for documentary and factual programming.

NZ On Air has invested $4.8m in high quality local documentary and factual programmes in its latest funding decisions, including three one-off documentaries for prime-time. Topics covered range from art, science and architecture, to history and health.

“We had an incredible batch of stand-out local documentary proposals this round. There is no shortage of strong, well-researched ideas for documentaries,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

Three one-off documentaries on significant events for New Zealanders have been supported. Diamonds In The Rough, on TV One, will tell the stories of the women who lost their loved ones in the Pike River mine. Continue reading »

maori-tv-logo-300pxMaori Television is launching a new series that will explore the Maori figures who were the subjects of paintings from artist Gottfried Lindauer.

Over seven episodes, Behind the Brush reveals the personal stories of 21 fascinating characters in New Zealand’s history through interviews with their descendants.

“We’re not rewriting history,” says director Julian Arahanga. “We’re discovering the stories that weren’t recorded.”

From the chief who skied on a shark to the wife who served her husband’s mistress for dinner; Behind the Brush offers a portal into a very different history. Continue reading »