As a showcase history of Christchurch on screen this collection is backwards looking; but the devastation caused by the earthquakes gives it much more than nostalgic poignancy. As Russell Brown reflects in his introduction, the clips are mementos from, "a place whose face has changed". They testify to the buildings, culture and life of a city now lost, but sure to rise. 

Christchurch - Garden City of New Zealand

Short Film, 1952 (Full Length)

Games 74

Film, 1974 (Full Length)

Canterbury is a Hundred

Short Film, 1950 (Full Length)

The Mainland Touch - Excerpts

Television, 1985–1989 (Excerpts)


A Shocking Reminder

Television, 2012

Praise Be - Christchurch Cathedral Special

Television, 1998 (Full Length Episode)


The Exponents / The Dance Exponents, Music Video, 1982

When a City Falls

Film, 2011 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Media7 - Series Seven, Episode 13

Television, 2011 (Full Length Episode)

The Elegant Shed - Behind the Garden

Television, 1984 (Full Length Episode)


That's Country

Television, 1980–1984


The Clean, Music Video, 1982


The Son of a Gunn Show

Television, 1992–1995


The Games Affair

Television, 1974

Christchurch 1974

Short Film, 1970 (Full Length)

Pictorial Parade No. 123

Short Film, 1962 (Full Length)

Radio with Pictures - South Island Music

Television, 1984 (Full Length Episode)

The Popco Special

Television, 1974 (Full Length Episode)

Chimney Book

Short Film, 2011 (Full Length)

Shazam! - Mockers Special

Television, 1984 (Full Length Episode)


McPhail and Gadsby

Television, 1980–1987, 1999

What Now? - 30th Birthday Show

Television, 2011 (Full Length Episode)

Heavenly Creatures

Film, 1994 (Trailer)

Aftermath - Triumph of the City (Episode Five)

Television, 2013 (Excerpts)

Pictorial Parade No. 56

Short Film, 1956 (Full Length)

Alligator Song

Bill Direen, Music Video, 1985

She Speeds

Straitjacket Fits, Music Video, 1987

Norwester - Wind of Contrasts

Television, 1990 (Full Length Episode)

The Art of Recovery

Film, 2015 (Trailer)

Heartland - Lyttelton

Television, 1996 (Full Length Episode)

Block of Wood

The Bats , Music Video, 1987


A Week of It

Television, 1977–1979

Britten - Backyard Visionary

Television, 1994 (Full Length)

Eyewitness - Punk

Television, 1978 (Full Length Episode)

The Frighteners

Film, 1996 (Trailer)

Moa's Ark : Building the Ark

Television, 1990 (Full Length)

Anything Could Happen

The Clean, Music Video, 1981

Five Days in the Red Zone

Television, 2011 (Excerpts)

Norwester - Wind of Contrasts

Television, 1990 (Full Length Episode)


After School

Television, 1980–1989

Lovely Rita

Television, 2007 (Excerpts)

She's a Mod

Ray Columbus and The Invaders, Music Video, 1964

Three New Zealanders: Ngaio Marsh

Television, 1977 (Full Length)


Scribe, Music Video, 2007

The Carmelites

Television, 1969 (Full Length)

Early Days Yet

Television, 2001 (Full Length)

Christchurch Fire

Short Film, 1947 (Full Length)

Circuits of Gold

Television, 1987 (Full Length)

Blue Lady

Hello Sailor, Music Video, 1978

Sand Man

Television, 2007 (Full Length)

Spring Flames

Short Film, 2003 (Full Length)

Gutter Black

Hello Sailor, Music Video, 1977

Pictorial Parade No. 8 - New Zealand Celebrates Coronation

Short Film, 1953 (Full Length)

Join Together - The New Zealand Commonwealth Games Story

Television, 2006 (Full Length)

Heartland - Fendalton

Television, 1994 (Excerpts)

It's Lizzie to those Close

Television, 1983 (Excerpts)


Film, 2001 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Our People Our Century - A Piece of Land

Television, 2000 (Excerpts)

CV - U2 Live at Lancaster Park, Christchurch 1989

Television, 1989 (Excerpts)