Author(s): Diane Pivac, Frank Stark & Lawrence McDonald
The age of cinema began in Paris in 1895. Within a year New Zealanders saw their first films and in fewer than five they were making their own. In the years since, New Zealand has produced almost every conceivable type of film, from home movies to arthouse flicks to Oscar-winning wide-screen epics, building a rich and varied screen culture and launching the careers of hundreds of directors, actors and behind-the-scenes professionals.
New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of New Zealand film and film making from the very beginning. It features essays about significant developments from magic lantern shows to digital video, and key figures from Rudall Hayward to Peter Jackson. From the iconic to the unknown, Broken Barrier to Braindead to Boy, it's all here.
Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of never-seen-before images from the photographic collection of the Film Archive and beyond, it also includes a DVD of some of the most important films in our history. With contributions from 24 top film writers, historians, household names and industry insiders, this book is an entertaining narrative of more than a century of film making and an essential reference tool for students and film buffs alike.
New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History is proudly published in association with the New Zealand Film Archive Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitiahua.
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 Finalist: Illustrated Non-Fiction
Preface -- Foreword -- Introduction: A Small Room With Large Windows: Film Making In New Zealand -- 1 The Magic Of Moving Pictures: Film Making 1895-1918 -- 2 The Rise Of Fiction: Between The Wars -- 3 Non-Fiction Films: Between The Wars -- 4 Political And Alternative Film Making: From The Second World War To 1950 -- 5 From Holland To Holyoake: Film In The 1950s And 1960s -- 6 Waking From A Fretful Sleep: Film In The 1970s -- 7 Boom Times: The Early 1980s -- 8 After The Boom: The Second Half Of The 1980s -- 9 New Currents In The Mainstream: The 1990s -- 10 The 'Jackson Effect': The Late 1990s To 2005 -- 11 Into The Blue: Film Making In The Early Twenty-First Century -- Bibliography -- DVD included.