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Hilda Hayward

Film Pioneer

One of the earliest New Zealand women to work in movies, the late Hilda Hayward collaborated with her husband Rudall on four silent feature films in the 1920s. Author Deborah Shepard argues that her coverage of the 1932 Auckland riots make her New Zealand’s first known camerawoman. Hilda Hayward passed away in 1970.

When I was quite a little girl I was intensely interested in pictures, and in a childish way used to imagine how they were made and think of all kinds of crazy things that I’d like to make. Hilda Hayward