March 19, 1989 |
Vincent Ward's first film, shot at art school, called for a naked man to run across a semifrozen lake. No one in the conservative city of Christchurch would agree to his odd request, so Ward ended up stripping down and doing the job himself. It's a story Ward likes to tell, and it illustrates several qualities about this tenacious New Zealand director. It shows, he says, how we learned to make films--"literally by jumping in and getting my feet wet; by falling down on my face and trying again."
April 17, 1993 |
"Map of the Human Heart" represents the high point of New Zealand-born filmmaker Vincent Ward's offbeat 15-year career. It's a passionate love story, starring Jason Scott Lee as a half-Inuit, half-English youth; Anne Parillaud as a half French-Canadian, half-American Indian girl, and Patrick Bergin as an English cartographer. With locales in the Arctic, Montreal and London and featuring a terrifyingly authentic re-creation of the bombing of Dresden, it has a truly epic scale.
March 15, 1998 |
New Zealand's Vincent Ward has a visionary's eye, a tribalist's sympathies and a technologue's expertise. This stunningly visualized tale of an Eskimo boy's romantic tragedy is the most ambitious of all his works. It is about the clash between primitivism and civilization, map-making, the Dresden firebombing and the dangers of playing God. With Jason Scott Lee and Anne Parillaud (both pictured), Patrick Bergin and Jeanne Moreau (HBO Monday at 2 a.m.).
October 12, 1988 |
The Australian Film Institute handed out its annual film awards--affectionately known as the "Ozcars"--in Sydney on Tuesday. "The Navigator," directed by Vincent Ward and produced by John Maynard, won the best film prize and five other major awards, while "The Lighthorsemen" copped two awards.