Story: Perceptions of the landscape

Vigil film set

As this clip from Country calendar explains, the New Zealand film-maker Vincent Ward looked at the New Zealand landscape in very unromantic ways. For his 1984 film Vigil (called here by its working title, First blood, last rites), he searched for a muddy, depressing, run-down piece of land. He found it at Uruti, in north Taranaki.

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Jock Phillips, 'Perceptions of the landscape - New landscapes – after the 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007