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  1. Part one of four from this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of four from this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of four from this full length documentary.

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

  5. The credits from this documentary.


The Mighty Civic is a delirious and colourful celebration of Auckland's grandest old movie palace, made at a time when the building's future was under threat. The film uses a mixture of stylised sequences, archive footage and poetic narration together with interviews with "old timers" to evoke the spirit of the theatre in its heyday. Director Peter Wells' film galvanised public support, and ultimately the building was saved and refurbished to remain the crown jewel of Queen Street's cinema district.


A Perspective by Costa Botes 25.06.2009

As a published writer and poet with a strong interest in themes of the past and imagination, it was natural that Peter Wells would be attracted to the medium of film. His earliest works, of which ...

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 dominie till

dominie till

loved seeing this again ,i think it was one of my first makeup jobs

 Darian Zam

Darian Zam

Looks like Georgina Beyer in a cameo as Freda Stark/Snake Dancer, but I couldn't find any reference anywhere to her appearing in it...

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