Film in the Colony at Nga Taonga

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

A once-in-a-lifetime symposium on the cinema of the colonies! Hear how indigenous people made their mark on the early decades of film! Marvel at the adventures of the film-makers! Thrill as the films they made unfold before you! Seize the chance to hear international speakers discuss the first films of colonies and nations!

The Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, and Ng? Taonga Sound and Vision are hosting a symposium next month called Film in the Colony - and it'll be full of fascinating perspectives, New Zealand premieres and rare screenings.

The early decades of cinema (1890s to 1940s) coincide with the late colonial periods of three southern-hemisphere British colonies: New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. In each colony films were made about indigenous peoples, and their relationships with settlers. Some were historical films; others documented, or capitalised on, indigenous life by drawing on legends or scenes of traditional life; others developed fictional narratives. This symposium investigates these early films, and the cultural engagements involved in their making.

Symposium: July 13-14  
Screening programme: July 12-15
Location: Nga Taonga, Wellington

Register for the symposium, and find out more about the programme. Limited places available.