New Zealand Filmmakers

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Ian Conrich, Stuart Murray
Wayne State University Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 374 pages
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This volume contains twenty in-depth studies of prominent New Zealand directors, producers, actors, and cinematographers. New Zealand Filmmakers outlines and examines three major constituent groups who are responsible for the industry as it appears today: those involved in pioneering film in New Zealand, those associated with the New Wave of the 1970s and 1980s, and those post–mid-1980s visionaries and fantasists who have produced striking individual productions. A comprehensive introduction situates the New Zealand film industry in cultural, historical, and ideological contexts.

The book displays the diversity of filmmaking in New Zealand and highlights the specific industrial, aesthetic, and cultural concerns that have created a film culture of international significance. With the majority of the contributions in the book containing analysis developed through dialogue with the filmmakers, New Zealand Filmmakers is an authoritative study of the film industry in New Zealand. Each essay also includes a thorough and definitive filmography, detailing the full nature of the work produced by each individual, with key titles highlighted.

Filmmakers covered in this volume include Barry Barclay, David Blyth, Jane Campion, Roger Donaldson, Rudall Hayward, Peter Jackson, John Laing, Bruno Lawrence, Len Lye, Alison Maclean, Merata Mita, Ian Mune, Geoff Murphy, Leon Narbey, John O’Shea, Gaylene Preston, John Reid, Vincent Ward, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and Peter Wells. This collection is illustrated with 50 film prints, many of which have never before been published. With the New Zealand film industry poised to become a center of film production and already a major topic of critical interest, this volume will find many interested readers among film scholars and educators.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Pioneers
15
The Film Life of Rudall Charles Hayward
35
A Poetics of Documentary
54
Feminist Fables in
72
The Films of Barry Barclay
88
Films by Merata Mita
103
Ricordi Peter Wells Memories of a Queer Land
121
Jennifer WardLealand Performance
201
The Films of John Laing
217
Time and Place in the Films of John Reid
236
Visionaries and Fantasists
253
Journeys through the Unfamiliar in the Films
273
Dislocations of Home and Gender in the Films of Jane Campion
289
The Psychodynamics
304
The Films of Peter Jackson
320

The New Wave
135
Genre and Cultural Affect in
152
Ian Mune and Filmmaking as Cultural Expression
169
Bruno Lawrences Screen Performances of
185
The Horrific Visions
336
Contributors
349
Index
355
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About the author (2007)

Ian Conrich is Director of the Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, and Chair of the New Zealand Studies Association.

Stuart Murray is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures in the School of English at the University of Leeds.

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