Our Film History

Classroom Resources

The resources below have been developed to support the publication New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History and the associated DVD material. While these units have been written primarily for Media Studies' students, they can also be used to support English and History students. 

These resources follow the chronological development of a film culture in New Zealand, from humble beginnings in 1895. With summarised chapters, and heaps of downloadable resources for the classroom, you will be well enough informed to become a critic! Students are introduced to rarely seen footage and associated ephemera from the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's Jonathan Dennis Library. They are asked to close read these resources and to begin to put the examples into historical and social contexts.

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Introduction to New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History

Chapter One

The Magic of Moving Pictures: Filmmaking 1895 – 1918

Chapter Two

The Rise of Fiction: Between the Wars

Chapter Three

Non-Fiction Films: Between the Wars

Chapter Four

Political and Alternative Filmmaking: 1940 to 1950

Chapter Five

From Holland to Holyoake: Film in the 1950s and 1960s

Chapter Six

Waking from a Fretful Sleep: Film in the 1970s

Chapter Seven

Boom Times: The Early 1980s

Chapter Eight

After the Boom: The Second Half of the 1980s

Chapter Nine

New Currents in the Mainstream: The 1990s

Chapter Ten

The 'Jackson Effect': The Late 1990s to 2005

Chapter Eleven

Into the Blue: Filmmaking in the Early 21st Century.

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