This impressionistic, late 1960s survey traces Auckland from volcanic origins to a population of half a million people. Produced by the National Film Unit, it finds a city of "design and disorder" growing steadily but secure in its own skin as its populace basks in the summer sun. A wry, at times bemused, Hugh Macdonald script and an often frenetic, jazzy soundtrack accompany time honoured Queen City images: beaches and yachting, parks and bustling city streets, and an unpredictable climate given to humidity and sudden downpours.
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Television, 1978 (Full Length Episode)
A more sober take on Auckland’s growth
Television, 1971 (Full Length)
A 1971 look at Auckland with Hamish Keith as guide
Short Film, 1970 (Excerpts)
Also written and directed by Hugh MacDonald
Short Film, 1946 (Full Length)
An earlier summery look at Auckland
Short Film, 1952 (Full Length)
An NFU look at 1940s Christchurch
Short Film, 1949 (Full Length)
Forties Dunedin through the eyes of the NFU
Short Film, 1966 (Full Length)
Another 1960s NFU city profile