Richard von Sturmer

Readers who lived through the ’70s and who still survive may remember an interesting chap whose name is as memorable as his artistic creations: Richard von Sturmer.

Sturmer was a member of the group that eventually evolved into Blam Blam Blam, which (as we all should know) featured the remarkable talent of Don McGlashan. Anybody remember the name of this group? It escapes me, at least for the moment.

While Sturmer wasn’t a member of that legendary ensemble, he did contribute lyrics to some of their most memorable songs. Since that time, he has been involved in a number of creative projects, including making a number of short films.

Richard von Sturmer as a young man, pictured with film director David Blythe

We didn’t get an invite to the opening of the NZ Film Archive’s season of Richard von Sturmer’s films, Rubble Emits Light, but we’re planning to go along and check ’em out, and would like to draw your attention to them.

Rubble Emits Light presents three films – The Search For Otto, Aquavera and 26 Tanka Films. An accompanying essay by curator Gabriel White “provides analysis”, which sounds pretty dry, but hopefully it also shines some light on the “works”.

The exhibition runs until 13 August. The Film Archive, at Level 1, 300 Karangahape Rd, is open┬áMonday – Friday 11am-5pm & Saturday 11am-4pm.

One Comment

  1. Richard needs to re-release
    “There is no Depression in New Zealand”
    but re word it
    “There is no Recession in New Zealand”

    What a grand come back that would be taking into consideration we have a National Government once again.

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