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Test pictures, 1975

Test pictures, 1975

Writer-director Geoff Steven is behind the camera in this photo of the making of his first feature film, Test pictures: eleven vignettes from a relationship. At left is Lee Feltham, one of the film's central characters. Philip Chapman (with back to camera) was the cinematographer together with Steven. The film was made for $14,000, a minute budget even for that period. After the premiere the prime minister, Robert Muldoon, clearly unimpressed, demanded to know from Steven, 'Who paid for it?' Steven was able to reply that no state funding had been used.

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Hinge Film Productions
Photograph by Bernard Schofield

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - The 1970s film renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014, reviewed & revised 21 May 2024 with assistance from Emma-Jean Kelly