Curated by NZ On Screen Team
This collection celebrates the diverse output of the National Film Unit. For nearly 50 years the government body filmed everything from wartime newsreels and tourism promos to historical TV epics; it bred Oscar nominations, pioneering female directors, and political controversy, and was a key industry training ground (alumni include Sam Neill, John Laing, Sam Pillsbury) ...
Screen historian Roger Horrocks offers a highlights history of the government outfit mooted to net "the Vitamin D of nationality". Read more >
Before he was famous as an actor Sam Neill was a director at the NFU in his 20s; he recalls the time in this ScreenTalk interview. Watch >
This extraordinary collection would not be possible without the support of Archives New Zealand, who are stewards of the NFU archive. More info >.
There are over 50 NFU titles on NZ On Screen (more added regularly) — from Hillary Returns, to A Dolphin's Story, to Bred to Win ... Browse >