Spontaneous Combustion: Songs for Barry Brickell

Bruce Robert Foster
/ New Zealand
/ 2024
/ 70 mins
/ English
World Premiere

When the natural environment and the human imagination combine.

A celebration of Barry Brickell's legacy and the realisation of his extraordinary dream, Driving Creek Railway, a productive pottery with numerous kilns, a railway, a native bird sanctuary, and a lively creative hub drawing artists from around the globe.

The film reflects the sensual attachment Brickell felt to the land and human form, as expressed in the ceramic sculptures that defined his creativity. It is a paean to all Barry held dear: the bush, the railway, the company of friends, conversation, and song. A cinematic montage of historical stills and film from present-day Driving Creek is woven with a spirited, poetic narration by Greg O'Brien, with a sumptuous soundtrack including compositions by Gillian Whitehead and Ross Harris.

**Screening with the following short film**

Breaking The Mould 
Phillida Perry | 2024 | 14 min | New Zealand 
World Premiere 

A visceral glimpse into the life and work of acclaimed New Zealand sculptor, Jaime Jenkins, whose unconventional upbringing combines with the elements to inform her ceramic explorations.   

Film Trailer

with director Bruce Fosterfollowing the screening on
* 30 June, 10:30 am, at Lumiere Cinemas
* 6 July, 12:30 pm, at The Roxy Cinema

Films screening in this session

1. Member / Passholder Login

  • If you are a member or passholder, you can get your special pricing by logging in first.
  • Consider buying a pass or membership to get the best prices!

Buy Tickets

For all information with regards to tickets, click to find out about pricing and discounts.

Film Info

Director: Bruce Robert Foster
Producer: Bruce Robert Foster
Country: New Zealand
Language: English
Year: 2024
Duration: 70 mins
Category: Facing the Edge

You may also like...

Donate to Doc Edge

Love Doc Edge? We would love your support to bring you the best festival every year and every little bit matters. Select a one off or regular donation below. Thanks from the entire Doc Edge team!

Shorts Binge Pass

Virtual Cinema - Binge Pass


Virtual Cinema - Binge Pass

Login as a member to view your membership price or enter your membership number below.