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Strata

Film (Excerpts) – 1983

Looking like an arid planet, the inhospitable landscape is the perfect symbolic setting for this allegorical film, with the eeriness of the North Island central plateau made even more alien by footage of smouldering White Island, shot at no small cost to the nerves of the crew.
– Helen Martin and Sam Edwards, in book New Zealand Film 1912 - 1996
Maynard and Stevens have consistently been involved in films which are primarily about ideas. They see this as the essential ingredient in film-making - in contrast to many other feature filmmakers, who perhaps consider the commercial viability of the film as being paramount. Recent successful New Zealand films have tended to reflect in a somewhat slanted way the values of our culture - male domination, the thrill of a car chase, violence, sexual stereotypes and grubby humour. New Zealand society is obviously more complex. The new language of cinema gives writers and film-makers a chance to explore this complexity.
– Rosemary Hemmings, in a contemporary Art New Zealand feature on Strata