New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting the Past

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New Zealand has produced one of the world’s most vibrant film cultures, a reflection of the country’s evolving history and the energy and resourcefulness of its people. From early silent features like The Te Kooti Trail to recent films such as River Queen, this book examines the role of the cinema of New Zealand in building a shared sense of national identity. The works of key directors, including Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, and Vincent Ward, are here introduced in a new light, and select films are given ...

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Overview

New Zealand has produced one of the world’s most vibrant film cultures, a reflection of the country’s evolving history and the energy and resourcefulness of its people. From early silent features like The Te Kooti Trail to recent films such as River Queen, this book examines the role of the cinema of New Zealand in building a shared sense of national identity. The works of key directors, including Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, and Vincent Ward, are here introduced in a new light, and select films are given in-depth coverage. Among the most informative accounts of New Zealand’s fascinating national cinema, this will be a must for film scholars around the globe.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement

"Ester Tinknell's analysis of the meaning and historical specificity of the fair-isle pullover in Heavenly Creatures and the crinoline in The Piano is an exemplar of the penetrating understanding of all the contributions to this collection of thirteen essays on New Zealand cinema. Such details help us to explore the complexities of life in a country that is global and local, past and present, Maori and Pakeha."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841504254
  • Publisher: Intellect, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alistair Fox holds a personal chair in the Department of English and is director of the Centre for Research on National Identity at the University of Otago. Barry Keith Grant is professor of film studies and popular culture at Brock University. Hilary Radner is foundation professor of film and media studies at the University of Otago.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Historical Film in New Zealand Cinema
      Alistair Fox, Barry Keith Grant and Hilary Radner

Chapter 1: Rudall Hayward and the Cinema of Maoriland: Genre-mixing and Counter-discourses in Rewi’s Last Stand (1925), The Te Kooti Trail (1927) and Rewi’s Last Stand/The Last Stand (1940)
      Alistair Fox
Chapter 2: Rudall Hayward’s Democratic Cinema and the “Civilising Mission” in the “Land of the Wrong White Crowd”
      Jeanette Hoorn and Michelle Smith
Chapter 3: The Western, New Zealand History and Commercial Exploitation: The Te Kooti Trail, Utu and Crooked Earth
      Harriet Margolis
Chapter 4: Unsettled Historiography: Postcolonial Anxiety and the Burden of the Past in Pictures
      Cherie Lacey
Chapter 5: Cross-currents: River Queen’s National and Trans-national Heritages
      Olivia Macassey
Chapter 6: Tracking Tītokowaru over Text and Screen: Pākehā Narrate the Warrior, 1906-2005
      Annabel Cooper
Chapter 7: Rites of Passage in Post-Second World War New Zealand Cinema: Migrating the Masculine in Journey for Three (1950)
      Simon Sigley
Chapter 8: Cinema and the Interpretation of 1950s New Zealand History: John O’Shea and Roger Mirams, Broken Barrier (1952)
      Barbara Brookes
Chapter 9: Re-representing Indigeneity: Approaches to History in Some Recent New Zealand and Australian Films
      Janet Wilson
Chapter 10: “The Donations of History”: Mauri and the Transfigured “Māori Gaze”: Towards a Bi-national Cinema in Aotearoa
      Bruce Harding
Chapter 11: History, Hybridity and Indeterminate Space: The Parker-Hulme Murder, Heavenly Creatures and New Zealand Cinema
      Alison L. McKee
Chapter 12: Screening Women’s Histories: Jane Campion and the New Zealand Heritage Film, from the Biopic to the Female Gothic
      Hilary Radner
Chapter 13: The Time and the Place: Music and Costume and the “Affect” of History in the New Zealand Films of Jane Campion
      Estella Tincknell
Chapter 14: Mining for Forgotten Gold: Leon Narbey’s Illustrious Energy (1987)
      Bruce Babington

Filmography
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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