NZ Museum Award for “Reel Life in Rural New Zealand”

– By Ellen Pullar (NZFA Publicist)

Last week Reel Life in Rural New Zealand – a screening tour organised as part of a partnership between the Film Archive and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust – won the Most Innovative Public Programme category in Museums Aotearoa’s 2014 New Zealand Museum Awards. Jane Paul (NZFA Outreach Screenings Manager) and Zoe Roland (NZHPT Canterbury/West Coast Area Coordinator) were thrilled to accept the shiny trophy at the awards ceremony.

 

Watch a video from the Reel Life in Rural New Zealand tour:

 

In March 2013 Film Archive and NZHPT staff toured the Reel Life in Rural New Zealand programme of films made in the Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay regions around five NZHPT registered heritage woolsheds from Maraekakaho to Tinui. The films featured farming history, shearing gangs, kiwi inventions dating back to 1913, and some of the unique rituals of country life.

At the awards ceremony Museums Aotearoa announced that the Reel Life programme won the Public Programmes category by “capturing a strong feeling of nostalgia and authenticity”, and “playing an active part in those rural communities.”

The Film Archive regularly takes films on the road as part of the Travelling Film Show initiative, which takes films from the collections to towns and cities across New Zealand – frequently to the places where the films were made. The Reel Life in Rural New Zealand tour was unique though – this was the first time we had screened films in woolsheds!

Here are some photos from the tour:

Jane (NZFA Manager Outreach Screenings) checks out the lay of the land at Maraekakaho Woolshed.
Jane (NZFA Manager Outreach Screenings) checks out the lay of the land at Maraekakaho Woolshed.

Jane and Alex (NZFA Production Manager) consider how to black out the space.
Jane and Alex (NZFA Production Manager) consider how to black out the space.

 

Maraekakaho School arrive for their very own screening.
Maraekakaho School arrive for their very own screening.
The "cinema" in Maraekakaho Woolshed.
The “cinema” in Maraekakaho Woolshed.

 

Old shearer graffiti at Maraekakaho.
Old shearer graffiti at Maraekakaho.

 

A full house at Maraekakaho woolshed - the region was experiencing a drought, and we were all very hot.
A full house at Maraekakaho woolshed – the region was experiencing a drought, and we were all very hot.

 

The Maraekakaho community put on a lovely supper.
The Maraekakaho community put on a lovely supper.

 

Maraekakaho woolshed.
Maraekakaho woolshed.

 

One of the daytime screenings in the smaller downstairs space at Maraekakaho.
One of the daytime screenings in the smaller downstairs space at Maraekakaho.

 

Signs to help filmgoers find their way along the gravel road to Aramoana.
Signs to help filmgoers find their way along the gravel road to Aramoana.

 

Alex and myself carrying projection equipment at Aramoana Woolshed.
Alex and myself carrying projection equipment at Aramoana Woolshed.

 

Shearer graffiti at Aramoana.
Shearer graffiti at Aramoana.

 

Elegantly dressed locals served snacks at the Aramoana Woolshed screening.
Elegantly dressed locals served snacks at the Aramoana Woolshed screening.

 

At Aramoana filmgoers were entertained by the Drones & Sticks pipe band.
At Aramoana filmgoers were entertained by the Drones & Sticks pipe band.

 

Aramoana Woolshed.
Aramoana Woolshed.

 

Alex with local schools, at Aramoana Woolshed.
Alex with local schools, at Aramoana Woolshed.

 

Aramoana Woolshed.
Aramoana Woolshed.

 

The beautifully painted Elm Grove Woolshed.
The beautifully painted Elm Grove Woolshed.

 

Akitio Station Woolshed.
Akitio Station Woolshed.

 

Sunny day (the area was experiencing drought conditions) Annedale Station Woolshed.
Sunny day (the area was experiencing drought conditions) Annedale Station Woolshed.

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