Faculty of Arts
New Zealand Film since the Mid-1980s
This course traces a thematic history of filmmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand from the mid-1980s until the present day. While examining a range of films as individual texts, we also locate them in their historical, social and political contexts. This course is as much a journey through New Zealand history and culture as it is a study of the films themselves, raising many questions about what it means to be a New Zealander. Topics include the country’s colonial history and its connections with Britain and the United States; the effects of settlement; the struggle to create a bicultural nation; gender and sexuality; our film industry’s relationship with Hollywood and the production of "blockbusters"; changes in the concept of nation in an age of increasing internationalism; the emergence of "Fourth Cinema". We shall look at ways in which New Zealand films have explored these themes and helped us "imagine" our nation.
Coordinator(s) Professor Laurence Simmons
Coursework + exam
FTVMS 208: 15.0 points
FTVMS 100 and 101