Clive Sowry

Archivist

Should Clive Sowry ever choose to enter Mastermind, his knowledge of the National Film Unit will give his competitors a definite run for their money. Sowry worked at the government filmmaking organisation for 14 years, including nine as the NFU's archivist. He went on to undertake a programme that saved 100s of local films, and has written often about filmmaking in New Zealand — including for NZ On Screen.  

Regulation of the potential moral danger of films came earlier than regulation of the actual physical danger of film, which, having a cellulose nitrate base, was highly inflammable and hard to extinguish if ignited. Clive Sowry writes about legislation in New Zealand in the 1920s, in 2011 book New Zealand Film - An Illustrated History