Story: Documentary film

Beautiful Levin, 1922

Cinema was commonly called the 'biograph' in 1922, when this silent film was made. It was filmed in the Horowhenua town of Levin as part of a nationwide 'Beauty by Biograph' competition. Contestants were filmed in their own town, and the results screened at the local cinema. Sometimes, as in this case, local scenery was also filmed. The camera operator was Bob Palamountain.

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Helen Martin, 'Documentary film - Early documentary film', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014