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Contemporary New Zealand Cinema: From New Wave to Blockbuster

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New Zealand cinema burst onto the global stage in the 1970s and has maintained its high-profile international presence with such films as Whalerider, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Once Were Warriors. Contemporary New Zealand Cinema is an astute analysis of this fascinating industry and the most thorough book available on a vibrant filmmaking culture. The book explores the industry, questions of aesthetics and form, nation and identity through the full range of filmmaking in New Zealand. It also highlights ...

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Overview

New Zealand cinema burst onto the global stage in the 1970s and has maintained its high-profile international presence with such films as Whalerider, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Once Were Warriors. Contemporary New Zealand Cinema is an astute analysis of this fascinating industry and the most thorough book available on a vibrant filmmaking culture. The book explores the industry, questions of aesthetics and form, nation and identity through the full range of filmmaking in New Zealand. It also highlights specific contexts, including Maori, documentary and short filmmaking, literary adaptations, the development of the national Film Commission, marketing and censorship, as well as questions of bicultural relations, spirituality, masculinity and disability--that have a created a cinema of global significance. Included is a comprehensive filmography that details all New Zealand feature and television films.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845118372
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Ian Conrich is Director of the Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London and Chair of the New Zealand Studies Association. He is the editor or co-editor of eleven books, including New Zealand - A Pastoral Paradise? (2000) and New Zealand Fictions: Literature and Film (2007).

Stuart Murray is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures, University of Leeds. His books include Never a Soul at Home: New Zealand Literary Nationalism and the 1930s (1998) and Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination (2008).

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Table of Contents

* Illustrations
• Acknowledgments
• Foreword -- Lindsay Shelton
• Introduction -- Ian Conrich and Stuart Murray
• Section 1: Industry and Commerce
• The New Zealand Film Commission: Promoting an Industry, Forging a National Identity -- Gregory A. Waller
• Boom and Bust: Tax-driven Film Production in New Zealand in the 1980s -- Nick Roddick
• The Short Film: Issues of Funding and Distribution -- Alex Cole-Baker
• The Role of Marketing in the New Zealand Feature Film -- Suzette Major
• New Zealand Film Censorship -- Chris Watson
• “With a Strong Sense of Place”: The New Zealand Film Archive/ Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitihua -- Sarah Davy and Diane Pivac
• Section 2: Aesthetics and Form
• The Space Between: Screen Representations of The New Zealand Small Town -- Ian Conrich * Beyond Materialism?: Spirituality and Neo-Utopian Sensibility in Recent New Zealand Film -- Ann Hardy
• The Adaptation of New Zealand Literature to Film: A Case-Study Approach -- Brian McDonnell
• The Contested Nation: Documentary and Dissent -- Annie Goldson and Jo Smith
• Section 3: Nation and Identity
• “Precarious Adulthood”: Communal Anxieties in 1980s Film -- Stuart Murray
• A Waka on the Wild Side: Nationalism and its Discontents in Some Recent New Zealand Films -- Mark Williams
• “He Iwi Kotahi Tatou”?: Nationalism and Cultural Identity in Maori Film -- Michelle Keown
• The Kiwi Bloke: The Representation of Pakeha Masculinity in New Zealand Film -- Russell Campbell
• Impaired and Ill at Ease: New Zealand’s Cinematics of Disability -- Angela Marie Smith
• Filmography
• List of contributors
• Index *

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