Magic Playgrounds: Historical Images of New Zealand Childhoods

Posted Monday 05 Aug 2013

The Natural Environment - Ko te Taiao explores the relationship between children and the natural environment. Featuring documentaries, television footage, home movies, feature films and rarely seen films from the early 1900s. Magical Playgrounds is a series of moving image exhibitions curated by Tina Makereti for the Film Archive, on the social history of childhood in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

The exhibition will be accompanied by two film screenings onsite at the Film Archive Auckland.

A Saturday matinee screening of Rangi's Catch (1973)

1pm, Saturday 17th August at the Film Archive Auckland. Free admission, limited to 30 seats.

In the classic caper Rangi's Catch, two escaped convicts (Michael Woolf and Ian Mune) attract attention after stealing clothes from a remote Marlborough Sounds sheep farm. It takes two kids and a family adventure to catch them after tracking the crooks through Picton, Wellington, Waitomo, the Wanganui River and Rotorua. Filmed amidst scenic splendour, Rangi's Catch is a captivating story for all-ages, and boasts a young Temuera Morrison in his first on-screen role.

An evening screening of the ground-breaking NZ documentary series Tangata Whenua.

T?rangawaewae. A Place to Stand. (Barry Barclay, Michael King, 1974)

6pm, 21 August at the Film Archive Auckland. Free admission, limited to 30 seats.

This documentary, from Pacific Films' groundbreaking 1974 "Tangata Whenua" TV series, continues the exploration of the M?ori relationship with the land. Prior to the establishment of an urban marae in Porirua, M?ori people recollect the past reality of life in the rural communities of Tokomaru Bay and Waima Valley. The concept of marae as traditionally understood is discussed by young M?ori from groups like Ng? Tamatoa in terms of the new and emergent urban present. Parents consider their own childhoods and the cultural values they learnt from a close relationship with their natural environment and community. This is contrasted with their children's urban upbringing, and the importance of returning to customary cultural values to inform a strong identity is emphasised.


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Top of Lake gets 8 Emmy Nominations

Posted Monday 05 Aug 2013

Jane Campion's New Zealand-filmed mini-series  Top of the Lake has received an impressive eight nominations in the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, including the major categories of Miniseries or Movie, Actress, Writing and Directing.

Top of the Lake was shot in Central Otago and received support from the Screen Production Incentive Fund (SPIF), administered by the New Zealand Film Commission.

The six-part series has met with international acclaim since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January.  It is nominated in the following categories:

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie; Oustanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Elisabeth Moss); Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie (Jane Campion and Gerard Lee); Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or A Dramatic Special (Jane Campion and Garth Davis); Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Peter Mullan); Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Kirsty McGregor, Tina Cleary); Oustanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie (Adam Arkapaw, Part 1); Oustanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie (Alexandre de Franceschi and Scott Gray, Part 5).

Jane Campion co-directed  Top of the Lake with Garth Davis and co-wrote the project with Gerard Lee.  Philippa Campbell was the New Zealand producer.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards take place on Sunday 22 September in Los Angeles.

For a full list of Emmy Nominations, go here.