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Gaston Méliès, 1912

Gaston Méliès, 1912

In black suit and hat, the French US-based film-maker Gaston Méliès sits among the cast of his 1913 films Loved by a Maori chieftess, Hinemoa and How chief Te Ponga won his bride. His actors were members of a cultural group led by Māori missioner Frederick Bennett. Méliès found they performed better than many professional actors. They are shown here in front of the meeting house Hatupatu at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, in 1912. None of the films made by Méliès in New Zealand appear to have survived.

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New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua, Stills Collection
Reference: S5962 2011.12806

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - Pioneering days', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 October 2021)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014