Documentary film

... real life and present them as a story. Early documentary film The first documentary film footage in New Zealand included Māori ... what was happening. 1940s to 1960s The government’s National Film Unit was founded in 1941. Its aim was to foster national identity ...

Part of story: Documentary film

Film and broadcasting

Film Watching movies, videos or DVDs is one of the most popular cultural ... the 1920s, a New Zealand film industry developed slowly. The National Film Unit, founded in 1941, nurtured documentary film-making, but few feature films ...

Part of story: Creative life

The city in films

... the suburban advance into encircling farmland. Another film device was to place the camera at the front of a tram or bus, enabling a ... of city life. The approach was taken up by others. The National Film Unit’s To live in the c ity (1967) sensitively ...

Part of story: City images

Sport and the nation

... that can make an impact on an international stage. First national sporting stars In the late 1800s New Zealand began to achieve ... Carbine, which won the Melbourne Cup in 1890. Early national teams National sports teams began to tour overseas in the late ...

Part of story: Sport and the nation

The 1970s film renaissance

... opportunities to develop professional skills. Former National Film Unit film-maker Michael Forlong made a serial for the Children’s Film ...

Part of story: Feature film

Experimental film, 1920s to 1960s

... forms such as home movies or government films. Most of the film-makers did not go on to build a significant body of experimental work. ... wool g athering (1965) made of it is not known. National Film Unit People working for the government-owned National Film ...

Part of story: Experimental film

A national company emerges

... Ballet in 1947, Ballet Rambert in 1949 and the Australian National Ballet in 1952 rebuilt audience interest. The Australian-based ... and in particular Gnatt’s endeavours, in photograph, film and the publication En Avant . Balletomanes (as ballet enthusiasts ...

Part of story: Ballet

Understanding New Zealand national identity

National identity is a form of social identity – meaning people’s understanding of who they are in relation to others. National identity is a shared understanding of the characteristics and ... one nation from other nations. Multiple identities National identity is not fixed and has multiple strands. Different people and ...

Part of story: New Zealand identity

Kiwis overseas

... are living overseas include the opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa, film-maker Jane Campion and actor Russell Crowe. Because many New Zealand ... are living overseas include the opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa, film-maker Jane Campion and actor Russell Crowe. Because many New Zealand ...

Part of story: Kiwis overseas

Arts funding and support

... part of the Department of Internal Affairs. The New Zealand Film Unit, which helped many film-makers learn their craft, was established. New Zealand’s national orchestra was set up. New literary competitions were held, and a ...

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Educating the public – 1940 to 1960

Forming the National Film Unit British documentary producer and writer John Grierson visited New ...

Part of story: Documentary film

Pioneering days

... dramatic narratives were made by Gaston Méliès, a French film-maker who brought an American film crew to New Zealand in 1912. The ... to 1966. At the time many non-fiction films were made by the National Film Unit (NFU), which had been established by the Labour government ...

Part of story: Feature film

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