Treasures from the Vaults

Treasures from the Vaults

Director Brian Brake

Treasures from the Vaults: Our freshly-preserved taonga revealed

Once a quarter Treasures from the Vaults provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from our expert archivists, the stories behind the recent preservation of some of the amazing taonga we care for, and then experience the results of that work.

This February's treasure is Snows of Aorangi, the first New Zealand film to ever be nominated for an Oscar. Shot by acclaimed photographer Brian Brake as a National Film Unit tourism promotion, it captures stunning imagery of ethereal ice forests, lightning storms, volcanic craters, glaciers, avalanches and wildlife. Combined with the James K Baxter-scripted narration, this is a wonderfully poetic and evocative film.

Please join us from 5.30pm for a complimentary beverage (included in the ticket price) before the 6pm start. We'll kick-off with an introduction that will take you through the work we've done on the film and then, following the screening, there will be a Q&A session, so an opportunity to ask our expert preservationists about their work.

"Towards the end of last year, we screened Snows of Aorangi in our Cinema. We quickly realised that every copy we had in our collection - including the print we screened - was of poor quality and did not best represent this stunning film. We knew we could do better"

"We’re glad to show you the preservation work we have done so far on Snows of Aorangi. What seemed like quite a simple job, has turned into a really complex preservation workflow involving multiple source materials for picture and sound as well as some very tricky colour grading work to ensure that we are best reflecting the colour of the original artefacts. We’re not finished yet! But we’ve come so far we wanted to share it with you."

Louise McCrone, 
Preservation Services Manager
Poutaki Ratonga Mahi Tohu