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The Early Days Short Film (Full Length) – 1971 Documentary

The Early Days

Short Film (Full Length) – 1971 Documentary

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Made for the Post Office, this 1971 National Film Unit documentary offers a potted history of New Zealand, using postage stamps as the frame. Director David Sims ranges from Māori rock drawings, to Tasman and Cook. Once Pākehā settlers arrive, the film offers a narrative of progress (aside from two world wars) leading to nationhood and industry. Archive photographs, paintings, Edwardian-era scenes and reenactments add to the subjects illustrated on the stamps. The stamps include New Zealand’s first: a full-face portrait of Queen Victoria by Alfred Edward Chalon.

But how could you be at one with those who grabbed whole horizons of your tribal lands?
– From the narration, on events leading to the Land Wars