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The Mighty Civic Television – 1988 Documentary

The Mighty Civic

Television – 1988 Documentary

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The Mighty Civic offered a delirious and colourful celebration of Auckland's grandest old movie palace, made at a time when the building's future was under threat. The film uses a mixture of stylised sequences, archive footage, personal memories and poetic narration to evoke the spirit of the theatre in its heyday. Director Peter Wells' film galvanised public support, and ultimately the building was saved and refurbished, to remain the crown jewel of Queen Street's cinema district. This clip features the first 10 minutes of the hour long film. Costa Botes writes about it here

Produced by

James Wallace Productions

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission in association with TVNZ Commissioned Independent Productions.