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  1. Part one of five of this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of five of this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of five of this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of five of this full length documentary.

  5. Part five of five of this full length documentary.

  6. Credits from this documentary.


Cowboys of Culture is director Geoff Steven's personal perspective on the Kiwi cinema renaissance of the 1970s. It traces the development of the local film industry from the ‘she'll be right' days when filming permits were unknown, and all that was needed to get a picture up were a Bolex camera, enthusiasm and ingenuity. Raw they might have been, but the films (Wild Man, Sleeping Dogs, Goodbye Pork Pie Smash Palace) represented a vital new cultural force. The film features interviews with the major players, and clips from their movies. 

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 Geoff Steven
 Carole Nicholson
 Geoff Murphy

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The thing that was maybe unique about that particular film [Pork Pie] is that it was made by an extended family, and there were kids everywhere. That was fortunate for me, because as my character went along I used to watch the kids and copy them and do all the yahoo stuff. 
These are the areas [special effects safety] where a little experience could actually help! 
What the hell?! Run! 
Getting anything going at that stage, getting a feature film going ... was like an impossible task. John O'Shea and all hadn't really done anything in the last 20 years or so up until when we got Sleeping Dogs off the ground. I just had this crazy ambition that we could make some 35mm features in New Zealand ... putting colour stock in the cameras ... you know, we managed to do it. 
Sleeping Dogs hit Queen St. And Sleeping Dogs was the one that said to the public: 'we're here and we're doing it'. It allowed the government of the day to use the opening night of that movie to announce the formation of the New Zealand Film Commission.