Rudall and Hilda Hayward

Rudall Charles Victor Hayward MBE (4 July 1900 – 29 May 1974) was a pioneer New Zealand filmmaker from the 1920s to the 1970s, who directed seven feature films and numerous others. Hayward was born in Wolverhampton, England, and died in Dunedin while promoting his last film.

Hilda Maud Hayward (née Moren) ... between 1925 and 1940 assisted her husband Rudall Hayward on the production of some twenty-eight films; however, she received screen credits for none of them, and is largely absent from New Zealand film history. ... Hilda played crucial roles in the pre-production, production and post-production of the twenty-eight films Hayward produced during their marriage. While she may be seen as the archetypal colonial help-meet assisting her husband in his chosen career, nonetheless Hilda played an active role as location scout, publicist, make-up artist, costumer, photographer and editor. In addition, she ran the budget, and ordered the film stock and chemicals. Diane Pivac, 2015.

Bloke from Freeman’s Bay, The (Rudall Hayward, 1920 2 reel comedy

My Lady of the Cave (Rudall Hayward, 1922) Gordon Campbell, Hazel West; 5000ft, 83 min.; only portions remain; NZ

Rewi's Last Stand (Rudall Hayward, 1925) Maori War Films Ltd, wr. Rudall Hayward from history, dp Frank Stewart; Frank Nemo, Nola Casselli, M. Millington, Eric Yates, Edmund Finney, Chief Abe (Rewi Maniapoto); the last stand of Rewi Maniapoto at the Battle of Orakau in 1863; remade in 1940 as a sound film by the same director; NZ

Te Kooti Trail, The (Rudall Hayward, 1927) Whakatane Films, wr. Rudall Hayward, Frank Bodle, dp Rudall Hayward, Oswald Caldwell; Jasper Calder, Billie Andreasson, Arthur Lord, Eric Yandell; 7100ft

Bush Cinderella, The (Rudall Hayward, 1928) prod. Rudall Hayward, wr. Rudall Hayward, dp Rudall Hayward; Dale Austen, Walter Gray, Tony Firth

Tilly of Te Aroha

Hamilton Talks (Rudall Hayward, 1934) NZ's 'first talking picture comedy' (?) 20 min.

Hamilton's Hectic Husbands

Daughter of Dunedin, A

Winifred of Wanganui

Natalie of Napier

Patsy of Palmerston

On the Friendly Road (Leonard P. Leary, 1936) NZ Film Guild, prod. Leonard P. Leary, wr. George Altier, Leonard P. Leary, idea Rudall Hayward, dp Rudall Hayward; Rev. C.G. Scrimgeour, Stanley Knight, John Mackie, Jean Hamilton; NZ; 7592ft, 84 min.

Rewi's Last Stand (Rudall Hayward, 1940) aka The Last Stand: An Episode of the New Zealand Wars; Frontier Films Ltd, wr. Rudall Hayward, source Cowan's history, dp Rudall Hayward, Edwin Coubray; Leo Pilcher, Ramai Te Miha, Henare Toka; NZ; 5750ft, 64 min.

Amazing Dolphin of Opononi, The (Rudall Hayward, 1956) about Opi

To Love a Maori (Rudall Hayward, Ramai Hayward, 1972) NZ, Rudall and Ramai Hayward Film Productions, wr. Rudall & Ramai Hayward, Diane Francis from case studies by Diane Francis, dp Alton Francis; Val Iriwn, Marie Searell, Desmond Lock, Sybil Lock/Westland; 3850ft, 104 min.

References and Links

Pivac, Diane 2015, 'New Zealand film pioneer: Hilda Maud Hayward (1898-1970)', Screening the Past.

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