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Nga Waiata O Te Iwi – Series One

Price: NZ$40.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 5 x 25mins episodes

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Maoridom has a rich history of song encompassing many different styles that exemplify the fundamental values of traditional Maori culture and form a vital part of ‘marae tikanga’.

In this series we feature authors of this great tradition. We meet the people who knew them best, we talk to people who were influenced by them and we listen to some of their compositions. We also meet present day Maori composers and discover the influence these old masters have have had on Maori current music.

SKU 053001

Episode 1 – Sir Apirana Ngata
Episode 2 – Te Rangi Pai Poata
Episode 3 – Paraire Tomoana
Episode 4 – Henare Waitoa
Episode 5 – Tuini Ng?wai

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Michael King – A Moment in Time

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 40 mins
Year: 2008

New Zealand writer and historian Michael King speaks candidly about his work in this interview conducted in Dunedin in 1991.

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He talks of his early books – Te Puea, Whina, The Moriori — that brought him into close contact with Maori and other groups, and of the inevitable controversy created by a Pakeha writer documenting Maori subjects and dealing with issues of particular importance to Maori.

Tragically, Dr King was killed in a car accident in 2004, along with his wife Maria Jungowska.

This film emerges as a “found conversation” with an important social interpreter, a voice sadly missed in the ongoing dialogues around race, culture and identity in this country.

This interview is offered as “a moment in time”; a tribute to the huge contribution Michael King made, and still makes, to the understanding of the cultural fabric of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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SKU 009001

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Being Billy Apple

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 70 mins
Year: 2008

Billy Apple the man, the artist, the brand. Since the 1960s this iconic individual has been turning the art world on its head.

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In the early days of pop art and during the birth of the conceptual movement Billy Apple created works that were original, challenging, and controversial.

From New Zealand to the Royal College of Art in London and his own Gallery in New York Billy Apple was part of a generation that pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be an artist. Along the way he created a brand that may one day end up on supermarket shelves.

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Barry Barclay: The Camera on The Shore

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Barry Barclay was a New Zealand/Aotearoa film maker and writer. He was a prolific director of documentaries and feature films from the early 1970’s until his death in 2008.

His films, especially Ngati (1987) and his groundbreaking documentary series Tangata Whenua have had a profound effect on the New Zealand film industry, and on many New Zealander’s knowledge of their own country.
Barry is acknowledged as one of the first and most influential film makers from within the world’s Indigenous nations.

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The Camera on The Shore is New Zealand writer and film maker Graeme Tuckett’s acclaimed feature length documentary on Barry Barclay’s life and work.

Made over four years from 2005 to 2009, the film is based on a series of interviews that Tuckett conducted with Barry, and with his collaborators, critics and friends.
The documentary is illustrated with many priceless moments from Barry’s seminal films.

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Antonello & the Architect

Price: NZ$56.50

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Format: DVD x 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 77 mins
Year: 2007

A few years ago at a Dream House Exhibition at the City Gallery, Harvard-educated Wellington Architect Bill Toomath proposed the idea of constructing a ‘design den’ underneath his house. He later revised the plan and eventually built the den in a new structure designed as a contemporary reflection of what is held inside.

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“The idea somehow flashed into my mind, but from then immediately seemed inevitable from there on, that the painting by Antonello da Messina of St Jerome in his Study simply encapsulated the whole atmosphere of what I hoped to, or what I would like to have, lived amongst.”

With his fantasy painting of a man who had lived a thousand years earlier, Antonello explored the fourth dimension of time; so does Bill’s replica and so does the documentary.

Using time-lapse and real-time cameras, Antonello and the Architect records the realization of Bill’s unusual idea; explores the painting; the building of that painting, and documents the life that lies within.

Telecom International Film Festival 2007
Jasmax Architectural Film Festival 2007

Includes more than two hours of additional material!

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Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 72 mins
Year: 2006
Rating: Exempt

Ans Westra, whose photographs of New Zealanders constitute a uniquely expressive record of who we are and have been, now sits for the camera herself.

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Contemplating her career with amusement and gratitude, she speaks as one for whom photography is as natural and indispensable as seeing or remembering. Luit Bieringa, first-time filmmaker and curator of the superb touring retrospective, intercuts her testimony with cordial interjections from friends, family and other well-informed admirers – and shows us the photos. Drawn to big public occasions, she’s rarely interested in big public figures. Her images are captured at the peripheries of official activity and are all the more piquant for that. Framed by a conversation with Hone Tuwhare, the film roundly acknowledges the progressive role her work played in 60s counterculture and in the cultural renaissance of Maori.

This 72 minute documentary is the extended festival version of Luit Bieringa’s film, commissioned by TVNZ and joins in celebrating a great New Zealand image-maker.

Finalist Qantas Media Awards 2007
Winner of Media Peace Award 2007
Screened in the New Zealand International Film Festival 2007
Screened in the Tahiti International Film Festival
Screened in the Hawaii International Film Festival
Screened daily in Holland in association with Ans Westra Exhibition “Handboek” 2006
Screened in New Zealand in association with Ans Westra Exhibition “Handboek” 2007/8

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SKU 039001

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