Observations: Studies in New Zealand Documentary

Observations: Studies in New Zealand Documentary

by Russell Campbell




From the picket lines of industrial conflict and the occupied ground of Maori land-rights campaigns to the stormy skirmishes of women’s liberation and disputed histories of the New Zealand Wars, this discussion describes how documentary filmmakers have helped forge a sense of national identity among native New Zealanders. The evocation maintains that these dedicated documentarians have also carried on preserving the work of the country’s artists, poets, and Kiwiana exponents as they struggle to express the meaning of life in their home country. Comprised as a series of dispatches from the front line of filmmaking, this record highlights an adventurous art form, celebrating its role in a colorful country’s milestones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780864736567
Publisher: Victoria University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Russell Campbell is an adjunct professor of film at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of Cinema Strikes Back: Radical Filmmaking in the United States 1930–1942 and Marked Women: Prostitutes and Prostitution in the Cinema. He is the director of the documentary films Rebels in Retrospect and Sedition: The Suppression of Dissent in World War II New Zealand and the codirector of Wildcat. He is the founder of the film journal the Velvet Light Trap and a former editor of Illusions magazine.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Nine Documentaries 1

Workers and Stirrers

2 Plain Hard Hazardous Work Cecil Holmes at the NFU 23

3 The Discourse of Documentary: Narrational Strategies in Bastion Point Day 507, Wildcat, The Bridge, and Patu! 34

4 Patu! 51

5 Danger, Militants at Work: Union Struggles in Documentary Film and Video 56

6 Stroppy Sheilas 66

State of the Nation

7 The New Right and Documentary Film in New Zealand: Someone Else's Country and Revolution 87

8 The New Zealand Wars 99

9 Our People, Our Century: Populist History 115

10 The Ideological Landscape: Frontier of Dreams 129

Kiwi Culture

11 Portrait of the Artist 143

12 Documentary and Poetry 165

13 Music on Film 184

14 Documenting Kiwiana 203

15 Disputed Ground 217

Notes 225

Stills Credits 238

Select Filmography 239

Index 248

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