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Voices of the Land: Nga Reo o te Whenua

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 100 minutes
Year: 2014

Paul Wolffram’s documentary feature film melds sounds from noted musicians Richard Nunns and Horomona Horo, recorded in spectacular locations around New Zealand, to demonstrate that the sounds of the natural world are a form of music too.

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Velvet Dreams

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 46 mins
Year: 1998

Velvet Dreams is a titillating introduction to the world of velvet painting, a genre most noted for its portraits of topless ‘dusky maidens’ painted on black velvet.

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The film is narrated in mock Sam Spade style by a man so obsessed by a woman seen in a junk shop painting that he traverses the Pacific to find out who she was. We meet velvet artists and collectors in Seattle, Arthur Leeteg’s widow in Tahiti, art historians in Auckland and, finally 88 year–old velvet painter, adventurer and party boy, Charles McPhee.

Velvet Dreams is directed by award winning director Sima Urale, whose O Tamaiti won the best short film award at the Venice Film Festival in 1996.

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SKU 005004

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Titless Wonders

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 14:9
Duration: 70 mins
Year: 2001

Gaylene Preston calls her new documentary ‘an upfront exploration of the emotional discoveries of women with breast cancer’.

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Ever alert to the potential of a joke to encapsulate the surprising or inconvenient truth, Preston’s effrontery in calling her film Titless Wonders goes hand-in-glove with the painful personal nature of the task she has set herself.

She’s seen women in her family die from breast cancer and others survive, and she has spent the last six years watching her friend Shirley Grace overtaken by the disease. The subject of her film is coping with the utterly destabilising nature of life-threatening illness, and she prompts a range of women to tell her just how they have managed – and not managed.

Grace’s daughter Aimee reads from her mother’s diary, providing the film’s one account of the alternative medicine route. Irihapeti Ramsden talks of burying a breast in the garden and throwing a party. One woman was so relieved not t be diagnosed with lung cancer that she thought she got off lightly.

In the case of dancer, Jan Bolwell, trauma and resolution are vividly enacted in her dance piece Off My Chest, which is woven through out the film. Other survival measures are much more prosaic, but all move towards a measure of post-diagnosis identity expressed at his most dramatically assured by Jan Bolwell in the photograph that appears on this page.

Listening to their stories it’s impossible not to be struck by how vitally necessary such discourse is for the ill – and how it is denied like a contagion by the well and by the wannabe well. Shirley Grace died a few days into the new millennium, and this film, dedicated to her memory, gives her the support group she never had and the conversations that might have enriched her suffering.

BILL GOSDEN Director, New Zealand Film Festival

SKU 015002

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The World – Population 1300

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 50 mins
Year: 1982
Rating: Exempt

This documentary records the Centenary of Martinborough – now world famous for its fine wines, but then a sleepy town on the road to nowhere – the first vines were just being planted.

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Based on recollections of some of the then 1300 citizens, this film shows that small towns everywhere are always subject to the whim of the world – until Easter 1982 when the centre of the universe became Martinborough itself.

SKU 042004

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The Underwatermelon Man

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The Underwatermelon Man & Other Unreasonable Rhymes
Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Letterbox
Duration: 36 mins
Year: 1999

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An Animated Film.
Unreasonable rhymes, preposterous paintings, charming animation and enchanting music come together in this remarkable package, to delight and stimulate the child in us all.

Fabulous fictions like The Girl with the X-Ray Eyes, The UnderWaterMelon man, The Mysterious Box and The Man With The Cast Iron Belly, dance to a surreal soundtrack of twenty five wonderful songs, which criss-cross musical boundaries previously untravelled in “children’s music”.

SKU 047001

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The Third Richard

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 81 mins
Year: 2008
Rating: Exempt

The story of a composer. Banned by the Nazis, ignored in New Zealand, his music never heard… until now.

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Richard Fuchs was a composer believed by his father to be the third Richard, successor to Strauss and Wagner.

He loved German culture above all others. Unfortunately German culture hated him. His music was banned by the Nazis and he was banished, so he fled to the last bus stop in the world, the booming monotone of New Zealand in the 1940s. No longer persecuted, just ignored. A man out of place and out of time. An enemy in Germany because he was Jewish and an enemy alien in war-time New Zealand becaus he was German.

60 after his death his work is getting international acclaim. Danny Mulheron, his grandson, discovers the life and work of Richard Fuchs.

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SKU 025001

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