Simon Ogston

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Simon Ogston
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NationalityNew Zealand
CitizenshipNew Zealand
OccupationDirector and cinematographer
Years active1990–present

Simon Ogston is a New Zealand director and cinematographer, known for a series of documentaries about New Zealand music groups. His documentary style combines intimate interviews with (often rare) archival footage. Simon Sweetman describes his work as "New Zealand music/arts docos" "being correctly, lovingly examined”[1]. Michael McDonnell of NZ International Film Festival calls his researched works "excavations"[2]. Three documentaries are concerned with artists who lived and worked in Christchurch NZ before the earthquakes of 2010-11. Sunday Star Times journalist Grant Smithies describes Ogston's style as "impressionistic" and notes that his recent work aims for the "poetic that would extend [the artist's] existing body of work"[3]..


  • Bill Direen, A Memory of Others (2017). Documentary about the NZ poet and performer Bill Direen.
  • Philip Dadson: Sonics from Scratch (2015). Documentary about the NZ contemporary composer, in collaboration with Orlando Stewart.
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  • Sheen of Gold (2013). 1h 22min, August 2013. Documentary about Flying Nun band The Skeptics, described as "uncompromising" by Auckland music critic Graham Reid [4]. Premiered 2013 at New Zealand International Film Festival. Available on DVD, featuring an interview with John Halvorsen of Bailter Space, live footage from the band's final gig 13.7.90, footage of live shows on 1.12.89 (Auckland) , and Wellington (Oct 87). *Antarctic Angels and the Unknown Blues, (2012), a "tale of a late-'60s southern counter-culture", documentary about the Invercargill band Antarctic Angels [5].
  • Rumble and Bang, documentary about Chants R&B, a Christchurch NZ 1960s band. Directed with Jeff Smith (2011). [6]
  • Gone With the Weird (2011), documentary about Squirm, a Christchurch NZ 1990s band.[7]


  4. "SKEPTICS: SHEEN OF GOLD a doco by SIMON OGSTON". Elsewhere by Graham Reid.
  5. Gilchrist, Shane (29 September 2012). "Rocking the South". Otago Daily Times Online News.
  6. "NZIFF: Rumble & Bang" – via
  7. "NZIFF: Gone with the Weird" – via

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