Faculty of Arts


New Zealand Film since the Mid-1980s

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for FTVMS 300.


This course traces a 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.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Professor Laurence Simmons


Coursework + exam


FTVMS 300: 15.0 points


30 points from FTVMS 200-214, 216-222



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