Celluloid Dreams - A Century of Film in New Zealand
Editor in Chief: Geoffrey B. Churchman
IPL Publishing Services - Copyright 1997
286mm x 210mm 146 pages softcover
For one hundred years, New Zealanders have been informed,
entertained and preached to by moving pictures projected onto
screens inside darkened halls. The first part of this book traces
the development of cinema shows in the country from the earliest
flickering, jerky "silents" in makeshift premeses, through the
grandeur of the 1920's picture palaces, to today's sophisticated
multipleses; examines the careers of notable impresarios and
entrepreneurs; and looks at the controversy of film censorship
over the last eighty years.
The second part of the book covers filmmaking in New Zealand
since the end of the 19th century - the various types of
productions by independents, government and television,
challenges that filmmakers have faced, pioneers and standout
figures in the industry, and some of the notable films that have
been made. An appendix provides a filmography of New Zealand
feature films from 1940 through 1996.
Thoroughly researched and well illustrated, this book is a key
reference to the country's cinema history.