Michael King: A Moment in Time
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Director: Clare O'Leary
New Zealand writer and historian Michael King speaks candidly about his work in this interview conducted in Dunedin in 1991.
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.
View excerpt from this title at NZ On Screen