Film in Aotearoa New Zealand


Edited by: Jonathan Dennis and Jan Bieringa

Victoria University Press, Wellington - Second Edition 1996

247mm x 185mm 246pages softcover

ISBN 0-864733-09-7

'The passion that pours out of these essays will give you an appetite for "local Stuff" again. It's essential and satisfying reading'. - The Listener

This richly illustrated book is a celebration of the vitality and diversity in New Zealand film. Many of the vigorous, moving and exciting feature films of recent years are discussed, along with documentaries and short and experimental films. The focus is on the film makers themselves and the challenging social conditions of film making.

New in the 1996 edition:
Peter Calder on THE PIANO, HEAVENLY CREATURES, ONCE WERE WARRIORS and other recent features.
Jim Barr and Mary Barr on the films and film making of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.
Responses to THE PIANO by Annie Goldson and ONCE WERE WARRIORS by Leonie Pihama.

John O'Shea: a personal history of post-war New Zealand film and TV.
Merata Mita: Maori film making within the dominant framework.
Geoff Murphy: a personal view through the boom years.
Barry Barclay: the issues of Maori documentary film making.
Interviews with Jane Campion, Vincent Ward and Gaylene Preston.
Major essays: Roger Horrocks on alternative film making and Russell Campbell on documentaries.
A Time Line: the key events in New Zealand film in historical context.


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