In a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, tucked away among the last remaining tracts of native forest, lies a little-known place of wonder. It is the life’s work and extraordinary creation of inventor, artist and self-confessed tinkerer, Blair Somerville.
For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspire.
‘Lost & Found’ invites you to take a peek into Blair's bizarre and beautiful world.
A film experiment by Joey Bania, made with funding from the BBC Worldwide Young Producers' grant.
Music provided by The Books - thebooksmusic.com/
Clothing provided by Cactus Equipment - cactusequipment.co.nz/
If you'd like to visit Blair, please note that he is open summers only, November - April, 10am to 5pm. Closed Wednesdays
Founded in 1962 the Las Vegas striptease nightclub is the oldest strip club in New Zealand. Since 1976 Adrian ‘Adriatix’ Churn has been the man behind the music of this historic club.
Refusing the name of a ‘Disc Jockey’ Adrian refers to himself as the ‘Sound & Lighting Technician’, and throughout the last four decades has lived and breathed Las Vegas and the infamous Auckland street of Karangahape Road.
A true historian of the Auckland red light district and the iconic Las Vegas.
Directed/Edited by: Tom Gould
Produced by: Giles Were
Cinematography: Tom Gould, Dan Watkins
Sound Recordist: Ben Vanderpoel
Cast: Adrian "Adriatix' Churn, Dave 'Dirty Dave' Humphreys
Music composed by: Fire & Ice
Additional music by: The Raw Nerves performing "Lola" by The Kinks
Special thanks to Halcyon Digital, David Knott & Caluzzi
- Winner 2010 Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Short Film (15-30 mins)
- Winner 2010 SHORTini International Short Film Festival Award for Best Short Film
- Winner 2010 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Short Film
- Winner 2009 AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft - Cinematography
- Nominated 2009 AFI Award for Best Short Fiction Film and Best Screenplay in a Short Film