A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film

The NZFC is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of a new book A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film. The book is co-authored by Duncan Petrie and Duncan Stuart has been…

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The NZFC is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of a new book A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film. The book is co-authored by Duncan Petrie and Duncan Stuart has been published by Random House with the assistance of the NZFC.

NZFC Chief Executive, Dr Ruth Harley says being associated with the book was an ideal way to mark the milestone. "A Coming of Age is a celebration of New Zealand film over the past 30 years and draws on the responses of local audiences to the Buzz Channel surveys on NZ filmmaking conducted in 2007 and early 2008" Dr Harley says. The NZFC is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of a new book A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film. The book is co-authored by Duncan Petrie and Duncan Stuart has been published by Random House with the assistance of the NZFC.

NZFC Chief Executive, Dr Ruth Harley says being associated with the book was an ideal way to mark the milestone. "A Coming of Age is a celebration of New Zealand film over the past 30 years and draws on the responses of local audiences to the Buzz Channel surveys on NZ filmmaking conducted in 2007 and early 2008" Dr Harley says."Without audiences, films cease to exist and this research shows that we have built up a selection of classic films that New Zealanders continue to want to see and refer to as part of their cultural experience."

Dr Harley also points out that the Buzz research into audience attitudes revealed intriguing results. "Our films are often categorised as dark but audiences consistently refer to the unique New Zealand sense of humour as one of their most distinguishing characteristics," Dr Harley says. "On top of that the 30 iconic films selected by Duncan Petrie show just how diverse in tone and genre New Zealand filmmaking has been over the 30 year period."

Dr Harley says the book is both entertaining and will be used a resource to see how local films were presented to audiences and how they were received.

In addition to the book a series of DVDs of classic New Zealand films will also begin release this year - many of them available on DVD for the first time - by Screenline.

The NZFC was established by Act of Parliament in 1978. www.nzfilm.co.nz

The Buzz research surveys were conducted by Duncan Stuart of Kudos Organisational Dynamics.

23/10/08

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The Big Idea Editor

23 Oct 2008

The Big Idea Editor

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