Story: Canterbury region

The Christchurch earthquake, 2011

Gerard Smyth’s documentary When a city falls gives a vivid impression of the physical damage and human trauma caused by the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Smyth was able to capture the event so immediately because he and a team were already shooting a film about the effects of the September 2010 Darfield quake. Many buildings were irreparably damaged and 185 people lost their lives. In 2020 Smyth made a sequel about the rebuilding of Christchurch – When a city rises: the people’s story.

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When a city falls [videorecording]. Producer and director, Gerard Smyth. Christchurch: Frank Film, 2011

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Canterbury earthquakes and rebuild', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 April 2021)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015