Many New Zealand documentaries of the 20th century featured the country’s stunning landscape in an effort to attract tourists and settlers.

Part of story: Documentary film

Forming the National Film Unit

Part of story: Documentary film

‘Experimental’ is a term often applied to films that use innovative strategies to represent time, images and ideas.

Part of story: Experimental film

Earliest films lost

Part of story: Feature film

Going to the pictures

Part of story: Feature film


Part of story: Creative life

A nation is often considered to represent its identity through its creative arts.

Part of story: Sport and the nation

In the history of New Zealand government support for the arts the pivotal era is the 1940s. Before that decade central government sometimes acted as a kind of patron, but only on a case-by-case basis.

Part of story: Arts funding and support

National identity is a form of social identity – meaning people’s understanding of who they are in relation to others.

Part of story: New Zealand identity

Travelling is a part of life for many New Zealanders. The earliest Polynesians sailed to New Zealand from Hawaiki, and prospectors and settlers arrived from all over the world in the 19th-century.

Part of story: Kiwis overseas

Rangi’s catch

Part of story: Feature film

From the later 1970s New Zealand’s screen industry began to expand. An increasing number of feature films, television series and documentaries were produced and an independent production sector developed.

Part of story: Screen industry