Legendary filmmaker Rudall Hayward, MBE, directed seven features over five decades — decades in which the concept of Kiwi movie-making was still an oxymoron, or meant a foreigner was in charge. Inspired by NZ’s cross-cultural history, Hayward remade his own Rewi’s Last Stand in 1940. Later he married Rewi star Ramai Te Miha, launching a filmmaking partnership that lasted until Rudall’s death in May 1974.

In New Zealand, it suddenly occurred to me, was material for film plays just as exciting and dramatic and colourful as any Hollywood western. Rudall Hayward, in a 1940 Listener article

Matenga - Māori Choreographer

1973, Co-Producer - Short Film

The Doll's House

1973, Co-Director - Short Film

The Young Albanians

1972, Co-Producer, Co-Director - Short Film

To Love a Māori

1972, Co-Writer, Co-Producer, Co-Director - Film

Survey - The Town that Lost a Miracle

1972, Subject - Television

In this 1972 documentary writer James McNeish visits Opononi to examine the life and controversial death of Opo the dolphin. Working from a McNeish idea, director Barry Barclay uses Opo’s mid 50s visit to the Hokianga as the basis for a probing film essay on people, and other animals. Witnesses recall Opo “oomping away”; they include local Piwai Toi, filmmakers Rudall and Ramai Hayward, and author Maurice Shadbolt. Opo is provokingly not shown on screen. Michael King praised Miracle as “without a doubt the most interesting and evocative” slot in the Survey series to date.

Eel History was a Mystery

1968, Camera, Director - Short Film

Giants of the Past

1967, Camera - Short Film

Surveying All Blacks rugby from 1905 until 1967, this wide-ranging documentary is framed around the NZ Rugby Football Union’s 75th jubilee celebrations. The archival gold mine includes matches from the 1905 Originals and 1924 Invincibles tours, and clashes with Springboks, British Lions, Wallabies and French rivals. There's also footage of NZ schoolboy and NZ Māori clashes, and a jubilee match with Australia. Funded by Caltex NZ, the documentary was made by legendary Pacific Films co-founder John O’Shea. Press on the backgrounds tab for a list — in order — of all the matches.

Compass - First Five Years of Television

1966, Subject - Television

Made six years after local TV broadcasting began, this wide-ranging 1966 documentary looks at the past and future of television in NZ. Political science lecturer Reg Harrison examines local content, a second channel, private enterprise, transmission challenges, editorial independence, sports coverage, and how TV’s expansion has affected other pursuits, and children. The doco includes interviews with privacy-keen Gordon Dryden and film legend Rudall Hayward, and MPs. Director Gordon Bick later argued that the NZBC had allowed "a good deal of criticism against itself" on screen.

The Arts of Māori Children

1965, Camera, Director - Short Film

Song of the Wanganui

1961, Camera, Director - Short Film

Wonders of China

1958, Camera, Director - Short Film

Inside Red China

1958, Camera, Director - Short Film

The Amazing Dolphin of Opononi

1956, Camera, Director - Television

The Goodwin Sands

1948, Camera, Director - Short Film

Weekly Review No. 215 - New Zealand Cameraman in Singapore

1945, Camera (Dr Johns interview) - Short Film

This 1945 newsreel reports on the repatriation of New Zealand prisoners held in Japanese camps during the war in the Pacific. Cameraman Stan Wemyss (grandfather of Russell Crowe) ranges across Asia with the RNZAF — from Changi in Singapore, to camps in Java (Indonesia), and Siam (Thailand). The narration notes grimly that “the movie camera does not record the stench of death”; and returned PoW, Dr Johns of Auckland, implores for the sake of the children: “that the experiences that we have gone through at the hands of the Japanese shall never, never again be possible.”

Weekly Review No. 195 - New Zealand Celebrates VE Day

1945, Camera - Short Film

The war is Europe is over and New Zealanders take to the streets to celebrate in this NFU newsreel. The relief and excitement at the end of hostilities against Germany is clearly visible on the faces of the thousands who flood into New Zealand's towns and cities. But Deputy Prime Minister Walter Nash reminds the crowd the war is not over: Japan has yet to surrender. That doesn't stop wild celebrations following the National Declaration of Peace. Civilians and servicemen alike enjoy the party, many looking the worse for wear "in advanced stages of celebration".

Weekly Review No. 208 - VJ Day Celebrations

1945, Camera - Short Film

At 11am on 15 August 1945 news of Japanese surrender reached New Zealand, marking the end of the nation's six years in World War II. This newsreel records the public celebrations in windy downtown Wellington and on Auckland’s Queen St, where there are street parties, bagpipes and beer as tensions are released. At Wellington Town Hall on the second day of the public holiday, tributes are paid to “team spirit”; and Prime Minister Fraser hopes for social justice and that the dead have not died in vain. Then there is a mass rendition of ‘Land of Hope of Glory’.

Rewi's Last Stand

1940, Camera, Editor, Writer, Director - Film

On the Friendly Road

1936, Camera, Editor, Writer - Film

Hamilton Talks

1934, Producer, Director - Short Film

The Bush Cinderella

1928, Writer, Producer, Director - Film

A Daughter of Dunedin

1928, Director - Short Film

Hamilton's Hectic Husbands

1928, Director - Short Film

Tilly of Te Aroha

1928, Director - Short Film

The Te Kooti Trail

1927, Writer, Producer, Director, Camera - Film

Rewi's Last Stand (Silent Version)

1925, Writer, Director - Film

My Lady of the Cave

1922, Writer, Producer, Director - Film

The Bloke from Freeman's Bay

1921, Director - Film