Redwood 70 key.jpg.540x405

Classic Kiwi Music Festivals

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 5 Items

This Spotlight collection offers the chance to sample music festival options from years gone by, as campers descend on fields from Swanson to Ngaruawahia in TV specials about classic Kiwi festivals Redwood, Nambassa, Sweetwaters (1980 and 1999) and the Big Day Out (1999). The music includes Split...

The rehearsal thumb.jpg.540x405

Kiwi Features at the 2016 Film Festival

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 8 Items

Film festival time has rolled around again. Among the picks from around the globe, some Kiwi gems can be found (including three seasons of short films). As these trailers indicate, the local feature listings include a movie from Eleanor Catton's debut novel (The Rehearsal), a crowdpleaser about c...

Kim dotcom   caught in the web thumb.jpg.540x405

Kiwi Documentaries at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 12 Items

When temperatures drop in the winter months, it can be hard to leave home until chocolate supplies run seriously low. Winter is also NZ International Film Festival time, at a host of venues across Aotearoa. In 2017 Kiwi filmmakers have contributed an impressive run of documentaries, as evidenced ...

The price of peace thumb.jpg.540x405

Kiwi Documentaries at the 2015 Film Festival

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 6 Items

The Kiwi titles in 2015’s NZ International Film Festival leaned heavily towards documentary. This Spotlight collection features the trailers for six highlights, including a “powerfully affecting” (NZ Herald) portrait of Tame Iti (The Price of Peace), a tragic case of exorcism (Belief), a history ...


Asia Downunder - Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox Lantern Festival

Television, 2009 (Full Length Episode)

This episode of Asia Downunder takes a look at the Chinese New Year. In the first segment ‘Year of the Ox’, host Ling Ling Liang identifies the associated traits – people born in this year are said to be strong and determined. She also looks at traditional illustrations of oxen and talks to the designers behind the NZ Post Year of the Ox stamp series. In the ‘Lanterns for Sale’ segment, roving reporter Bharat Jamnadas visits the 10th annual Lantern Festival in Albert Park. and talks to Auckland retailer and local icon Barry Wah Lee.


Nambassa Festival

Television, 1979 (Full Length)

The three day Nambassa Festival, held on a Waihi farm in 1979, is the subject of this documentary. Attended by 60,000 people, it represented a high tide mark in Aotearoa for the Woodstock vision of a music festival as a counterculture celebration of music, crafts, alternative lifestyles and all things hippy. Performers include a frenzied Split Enz, The Plague (wearing paint), Limbs dancers, a yodelling John Hore-Grenell and prog rockers Schtung. The only downers are overzealous policing, and weather which discourages too much communing with nature after the first day.

The piano thumb.jpg.540x405

Jane Campion

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 7 Items

Director and screenwriter Jane Campion became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 New Year's Honours. Campion was the first woman to win the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival, in two different categories — short film (for Peel in 1986) and feature (The Piano in 19...

Koha   ramai hayward key image.jpg.540x405

Remembering Ramai

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 3 Items

A pioneer of New Zealand cinema, Ramai Hayward is credited as this country’s first Māori filmmaker, camerawoman, scriptwriter and screen star. At Wairoa Māori Film Festival 2005 she received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award; the next year she was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit. Ha...

Hunt for the wilder people thumbnail.key.jpg.540x405

The Many Faces of Taika Waititi

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 16 Items

The latest movie from Taika Waititi conquered Kiwi cinemas after winning the first of many enthusiastic reviews, at the Sundance Film Festival in the US. Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows a city kid (Julian Dennison, whose Blazed ad is below) on the run in the bush with his grouchy uncle. This Sp...

Nz short film.jpg.540x405

NZ Short Film Collection

Curated by Juliette Veber

This selection — in partnership with the NZ Film Commission — showcases award-winning examples of Kiwi short filmmaking. From the the tale of two men and a Cow, to the sleazy charms of The Lounge Bar, from Cannes to Ngawi; this collection is a celebration of "a beautiful medium for nailing an idea to the fence post with a piece of No.8 wire."