Curated by NZ On Screen team
Brian Brake is regarded as New Zealand's most successful international photographer. But before heading overseas to work for photo agency Magnum and snapping iconic shots of Picasso and the Monsoon series for Life magazine, he was also an accomplished composer of moving images. He shot or directed many classic films for the NFU, including NZ's first Oscar-nominated film.
Te Papa’s Lissa Mitchell on Brake’s formative period at the National Film Unit in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Read >
This Te Papa exhibition is a major survey of Brake’s life’s work, from Monsoon to Mitre Peak. Find out more >
For nearly 50 years the Film Unit filmed everything from wartime newsreels and tourism promos to historical TV epics. View here >
Archives New Zealand are the custodians of the NFU archive, including the films Brake made while working there. Find out more >