Jamie Redford and his father, actor Robert Redford, at the
premiere of The Big Picture in New York. Photo by Reuters.
The son of a Hollywood heavyweight will arrive in
Queenstown tomorrow for the New Zealand premiere of his
documentary about dyslexia, screening at Arrowtown's boutique
cinema, Dorothy Brown's, tomorrow.
Filmmaker Jamie Redford, son of Robert Redford and Lola Van
Wagenen, made the documentary - featuring his son Dylan and
wife Kyle - which first screened at the Sundance Film
Festival and then on HBO, to critical acclaim.
Arrowtown had been chosen as the venue for the New Zealand
premiere in recognition of the progress schools in the area
have made in supporting and empowering pupils who learn
Redford drew on his own experiences with Dylan in making
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, which also
features interviews with other high profile dyslexics,
including Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab.
Redford, his mother and stepfather George Burrill - honorary
New Zealand consul to the United States - both of whom live
part time in Northland, will attend the premiere.
However, Dylan, who was in New Zealand for Christmas, has
returned to the United States because of commitments with his
Redford said his mission with The Big Picture was to
make a film he wished he could have seen when Dylan was first
struggling with dyslexia''
Like many dyslexics, Dylan is intelligent, thoughtful and
intellectually curious - a `big picture' thinker. But at the
age of 10, he was barely able to read and write. Now that he
is grown and thriving, there are many things that I wish I
had known about dyslexia at that time,'' Redford said.
''Creativity and entrepreneurship are some of the upsides
that come with being able to see the big picture, and
certainly the high-achieving dyslexics interviewed for this
film exemplify that.
''In terms of showing this film in New Zealand, that's a
happy case of stars aligning with my being here and the
Dyslexia Foundation taking up the baton to make this
Redford has an extensive list of credits as a documentary
director - his first film, Kindness of Strangers, was
about organ transplants after his own experiences having two
liver transplants in 1993.
The Big Picture will show to an invitation-only
audience at Dorothy Brown's at 9pm tomorrow. Interested
groups could arrange screenings throughout the year by
contacting the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand.