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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

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The Promise

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 70 mins
Year: 2005
Rating: M

In the middle of a long night, Lesley Martin took her dying mother in her arms, pulled a pillow across her face and hugged her tightly until she stopped breathing.

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The decision to end her mother’s life came after what had been a harrowing journey for the 36 year old nurse. When her mother Joy was diagnosed with bowel cancer, Lesley chose to quit her job and take care of her. During the time they spent together, Joy asked Lesley to make a promise. She asked her daughter to help her when it was “time”, and to make it quick.

In 2004 Lesley Martin stood trial for attempting to murder her mother. She became a focal point for the international voluntary euthanasia debate. “The Promise” is her story.

Winner of Best Documentary & Best Cinematography at the 2006 NZ Screen Awards

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The New Right is Wrong

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A Trilogy of Films by Alister Barry

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 107/105/105 mins
Year: 1996/2002/2006

Someone Else’s Country
In a Land of Plenty
A Civilised Society

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Someone Else’s Country
During the early 1980’s, a group of rightwing economists quietly came to dominate policy development in the New Zealand Treasury.

With the election of the Labour Party in 1984 and the appointment of Roger Douglas as minister of finance, their plans were realised with the introduction of some of the most drastic economic reforms seen in a western democracy. This feature documentary tells the story of how the new right elite took power and exercised it relentlessly to turn our country into their version of the model free market state.

In a Land of Plenty
From the Great Depression of the 1930s to 1984, the first objective of economic policy was full employment.

But with the election of the Labour government in 1984 unemployment was made an instrument of economic management, to be manipulated in pursuit of other objectives.

This feature documentary tells the story of how the policies and institutions which had sustained full employment were abandoned and reconstructed to maximise the effectiveness of the new policy. The film shows the political battles fought inside and outside government and the increasing effects on the cultural, social and economic life of New Zealand as a new poverty-stricken underclass developed.

Using extensively researched archive footage and interviews with those close to the action, In a Land of Plenty traces the origins, the politics and the effects of New Zealand’s policy of unemployment through to the present day. This compelling documentary cuts through the smokescreens and spin doctoring to reveal the heart of Rogernomics and the modern free market economy.

A Civilised Society
This is the untold story of the epic struggle between teachers and the radical right during the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1984 free market zealots took power intent on transforming public education. Schools were to be run as a business competing in the marketplace. Teachers passionately opposed this dog-eat-dog vision and battle was joined over the transfer of teachers’ unemployment from central government to schools, a process called ‘Bulk Funding’.

This is our history told from the front-line – parents, teachers and politicians,. We see archive footage of Treasury officials confidently espousing their theories, and ministers like Lockwood Smith forcing the changes. Board of Trustees wrestle with weighty decisions, while teachers march out of classrooms and onto the streets. Those ultimately affected – the students – face an increasingly unequal system. The struggle intensifies.

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The Green Guerillas

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 30 mins
Year: 1995

The struggle of the indigenous people of the Philippines, together with the nationally-organised revolutionary movement, to save the last remaining rain forests.

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The film was shot in December 1994, in the ancestral domain of the Mandaya, a tribal people of south east Mindanao.

It depicts the work of the guerillas of the New People’s Army, NPA in a Mandaya community, as the people of the mountains prepare to enforce a ban on all commercial logging.

A fresh perspective on the interdependent themes of environmental protection, indigenous culture and revolution.

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The Bridge

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 44 mins approx.
Year: 2001

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Veteran journalist and former TVNZ newsreader Richard Long discovers the intriguing history of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From its planning by the son of a man who once ruled Russia, through its construction by the wave of new Kiwis from Britain in the 1950’s to the addition of the “Nippon Clip-on” from Japan, The Bridge tells the story of the people and events that have shaped this steel and concrete structure into a Kiwi icon.

You’ll meet people who have bungy jumped of it, crashed on it, marched over it in protest, been born on it and even fined for flying under it. And in the process you’ll discover a bit more about what it means to be a Kiwi

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The 1981 Springbok Tour

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 50 mins
Year: 1991

Made in 1991 when Nelson Mandela was still in prison, this documentary interviews all the main participants in the 1981 Tour ten years on from the civil disruption which marked the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand.

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Hear from the players, the rugby officials, the politicians, the police, and the protestors in a documentary that looks at the reasons behind the protests and the legacy of those protests for race relations in New Zealand as well as South Africa.

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