December 27, 2013

The Priest, they might have called him

The Man in the Hat (Luit Bieringa, 2009). Luit Bieringa’s insightful documentary is a film about the inner life – the external world, the noisy, contemporary Wellington that his quiet subject, priest-like art dealer Peter McLeavey slowly walks through, is secondary (as is family, mostly). Long hours are spent alone in a peaceful white room two or three floors above street level. Contemplating what? An early memory has the young Irish Catholic McLeavey assisting a priest in church: “He was looking at things that I couldn’t see.” An artist or an art specialist does much the same.