Storyboard, is an informal news bulletin about activities at the Film Archive.
Storyboard: Take 14, 3 October 2011
Pioneer film maker Rudall Hayward with school children from Invercargill, 1928
New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History, edited by Diane Pivac, Frank Stark and Lawrence McDonald and published by Te Papa Press has been on sale since July 1, and is now supported with an online education resource, developed by Jakki Galloway part of the Archive’s dedicated education team.
Through 32 classroom activities students are introduced to rarely seen footage from the DVD that accompanies New Zealand Film, along with additional material from the Archive’s documentation collections. Students are asked to close read these resources and begin to put them into historical and social context.
The resource will be of particular benefit to students of Media Studies, but also supports English and History Achievement Standards. Ms Galloway says “I have tried to make our beautiful book accessible to all secondary levels and I added a few other gems from the collection while I was at it.”
Mana Waka at Home
Dawn at Tūrangawaewae. Photo Himona Grace
Himiona Grace, the Archive's Poutakawaenga, reports on a recent screening held at Tūrangawaewae.
"It was an honour to be invited to screen Mana Waka at Tūrangawaewae given the history of the marae and film.
The screening was part of the 90th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the marae by Te Puea Hērangi. Te Puea was also responsible for the footage that Mana Waka was created from, employing RGH Manley in 1937 to record the construction of the waka Ngatokimatawhaorua. Fifty years later director Merata Mita and editor Annie Collins moved to Turangawaewae where they pieced together a new film from the original footage.
The day started with a dawn ceremony in mist so thick that you couldn’t see two metres in front of you. Then as the karakia and waiata cleared the way for the proceedings to begin the mist also cleared revealing hundreds of people gathered in front of the wharenui, Mahinarangi.
The main kaupapa of the day was the launch of the book Toku Tūrangawaewae. The speakers included a kaumatua who recalled his time spent with Te Puea. It was amazing korero, funny and very emotional.
Mana Waka screened at 9am and despite many having to leave to go to work there were still hundreds of people left to watch the film. It was well received and I was thanked by many. But the honour is ours, we facilitated the screening but Mana Waka belongs to the people and place.
Later, out the back of the kitchen I was talking to one the cooks who helped in the kitchen when Merata and Annie were editing Mana Waka back in 1989. She said they left behind a machine, that looks like 'something that cuts film. It’s still there but it’s probably obsolete these days.' I’m going to follow that up next time we are in the area. Obsolete is a good thing when it comes to archiving."
Preserved Hitchcock on screen
The panel discusses The White Shadow
The latest treasure of the silent cinema to be preserved in New Zealand for the world received its re-premier at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles on September 23.
The surviving 50 minutes of The White Shadow (1923), an early example of the genius of Alfred Hitchcock, were screened to a packed house at the Academy's cinema in Hollywood along with two shorter American films from the Film Archive's collection.
The abrupt ending of the main feature at a critical moment in the story was greeted by groans of disappointment from the audience, but made up for by the presence of famous Hitchcock star, Eva Marie Saint, who read a synopsis of the remaining plot twists and turns.
Following the screening Ms Saint took part in a panel discussion about the film and its preservation with fellow Hitchcock collaborator Norman Lloyd and some of those involved in the project, including visiting US researcher Leslie Lewis and Film Archive Chief Executive Frank Stark. Asked about his time on stage with Hollywood royalty, Frank described himself as "a bit star-struck, actually".
The film's rediscovery and preservation at Park Road Post Production in Wellington have brought world-wide attention, with coverage spreading far and wide; the story of the unlikely find featuring in The LA Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC, ABC, CNN and through numerous other media sources.