FUNNY HA HA
F866 WELSH SOUND SYSTEM TEST, 1.58
An early sound-on-film experiment by Dunedin inventor, Jack Welsh. Introduced by Eric Platt. Curious children, among them Welsh's daughter, Doreen, come to peer at the camera with her brothers Jack and Bill.
F5162 MECHANISATION, 1940, 2.34
A propaganda film promoting the use of machinery in farms and factories. “I use a machine to increase my power as a man...”Made by the Government Film Studios.
F21468 THE THEME SONG OF THE YOUNG NEW ZEALANDERS’ CLUB , 1946-48 2.18
The theme song and “promise” of the Young New Zealanders Club, hosted by Mr Edward Silver, a well known Auckland radio announcer aka Uncle Neddo.
F22964 POWDERED SUNSHINE, 1952, excerpt 4.00
The ideal 1950s housewife, in her beautiful new kitchen follows Aunt Daisy’s radio recipe on how to make a milky jam pudding. Robert Steele Productions for Anchor Milk Company.
F2301 CALTEX IC PLUS PETROL, 196- 2,00
Pacific Films extraordinary flying saucer advertisement for petrol.
C1926 HANSELLS QUENCH CORDIAL. HAPPILY ITS HANSELLS, 196-, .30
Begins with slapstick style comedy - film is sped up. A piano is run over by a bulldozer.
“Every sip satisfies you - happy thirst days with Quench.”
F10878 THE COMPANY THAT LOST A MIRACLE, 1975, excerpt 3.00
Genuine outtakes from Harpic Flushmatic commercials ... “it's just like magic?”
Made by Pacific Films
F51297 BLERTA REVISITED, 2001 extract, 6.30
Blerta performing on a stage, about 7.30 start Geoff Murphy on vocals, song antics on bicycles, then section of Fred Dagg and the Trevs. Surreal scenes of pianos falling out of windows, massive explosions and Fred Dagg chopping wood. STOP at !3.00 Before Art Show
F86712 BILLY T JAMES SHOW. CUZ FM. WHERE THERE’S A WILL, 198-. 6.00
A collection of fine moments from the TV career of New Zealand's very own comic genius Billy T James.
F43764 COUNTRY CALENDAR SPOOFS SPECIAL: 24/12/1999, excerpt, 6.00
Leg-pulling programmes made in the 1970s and 80s. This story features Trevor, formerly a foreign exchange dealer who takes up rooftop farming in inner city Wellington.
F19512 WALKSHORT, 1987, 10.00
A comic narrative by Auckland theatre / music duo, the Front Lawn, which shoots off in new directions as people bump into one another on Karangahape Road in Auckland.
The bewildering range of characters are all played by two actors, Don McGlashan and Harry Sinclair. Directed by Bill Toepfer.
LEMMING AID, 1994, 12.00 `
A wry comedy about Human nature colliding with Mother Nature... Literally!” - (unsourced quote) A party of animal rights activists assemble on a Norwegian cliff top to prevent the annual mass suicide of Lemmings. All is fine until their vigil is interrupted by a Norwegian woman intent on using the Lemmings as the furry opponents in a crude form of blood sport.This is the story of their encounter... Director: Grant Lahood, producer John Keir.
F109533 CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, EUGENE (Jason Stutter, 2008) - 2 mins
A short, funny anecdote with some very exciting, bloodcurdling moments. The main character is a young, restless boy and a well-sharpened axe.
F109525 TAKE 3, 2008, 12.00
Three Asian actresses transcend professional rivalry in one gleeful act of solidarity.
Written and directed by Roseanne Liang , and produced by Owen Hughes.
“Take 3 is a satirical comedy... where the protagonists finally empower themselves with the very stereotypes that they’ve been subjected to. This is a fresh take on the familiar story of a bunch of girls who get fed up enough to take matters into their own hands.... redress is long overdue.”