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Pictorial Parade No. 55 Short Film (Full Length) – 1956 Documentary

Pictorial Parade No. 55

Short Film (Full Length) – 1956 Documentary

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An elegiac profile of artist Eric Lee-Johnson, by Maurice Shadbolt, is the high point of this NFU magazine film. Johnson gave up a lucrative commercial career to pursue his vision of a New Zealand art moving beyond European tradition; and he is observed chronicling abandoned homesteads and churches, built in remote reaches of Northland's Hokianga harbour by early Pākehā settlers. There's light relief in coverage of a chimpanzees' tea party at Wellington Zoo, while a suitably breathless piece looks at a new industry manufacturing fibreglass boats.

They’re all made the same way. Just lay it on and slap it on.
– How to make a fibre glass boat (narration)