Coming Attractions

Next week The Film Archive will be bringing The Touring Film Show to Canterbury.  Canterbury Life 1910 – 1965 is a 70-minute programme of short films which provides a unique opportunity to see Canterbury sights and sounds from the past.  The varied programme combines Newsreel clips, documentaries, promotional films and home movies from the region. Most are newly preserved and have never been seen in Canterbury before.  I am looking forward to seeing footage of Aroha Clifford, who trained at the Canterbury Aero Club.   In 1929 Clifford became the second woman in New Zealand to pass her “A” pilot license, and was the first woman to fly over Cook Strait.  

The free programme of short films will be accompanied by live piano, and  is being screened at various locations around Canterbury for one week.  For more information and screening details see the Film Archive website.

If you are interested in the New Zealand film industry, there are a couple of new books worth checking out.  Shot in New Zealand : the art and craft of the Kiwi cinematographer features in-depth interviews with 12 New Zealanders responsible for the look of some of our most well-known films.  It’s an illuminating and entertaining read.

The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand  examines the issues and themes that are explored in down-under filmaking, and questions how two relatively small cultures have been able to survive against the politics and economic threat of  Hollywood.