Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms' doco at film festival

29 June 2018

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) is happening at multiple centres throughout the country from July to September, and tickets are already on sale for Shirley Horrocks' acclaimed ‘Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms’ documentary.

Sir Paul Callaghan, a physicist, science communicator and entrepreneur, and 2011 New Zealander of the Year, died of cancer in 2012 when he was in his prime. 

‘Dancing with Atoms’ focuses on Paul’s life in science through a series of interviews filmed in 2010 – with his older brother Jim, his classmates, colleagues and Paul himself. The journey begins with his childhood growing up in Whanganui, then to his work at Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, and the MacDiarmid Institute. 
 
Te Pūnaha Matatini’s director Shaun Hendy, broadcaster Kim Hill, cartoonist Dylan Horrocks, poet Bill Manhire, and Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor, talk about Paul's legacy - how he expanded the conversation between science and society, and rallied people to his causes.
 
“Anyone who knew Paul, or was affected by his work, will want to see this tribute.” – Rebecca Priestley