A Cinema of Unease: A Century of New Zealand Cinema (1996)

Presented by Sam Neill

Films mentioned in order

Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990)

Journey for Three (Michael Forlong, 1950)

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1995)

Came a Hot Friday (Ian Mune, 1984)

news doco clip of soapbox racers

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1995)

Roy Rogers Show #37 (Robert G. Walker, 1956)

Scarecrow, The (Sam Pillsbury, 1981)

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1995) (clip where one of the girls kisses the director, playing the part of a homeless man, after they've seen the Mario Lanza film)

Don't Let It Get You (John O'Shea, 1966)

Soldier Boys (John King, 1967)

Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992)

Jack Be Nimble (Garth Maxwell, 1993)

Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992)

Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990)

news doco

Reach for the Sky (Lewis Gilbert, 1956)

Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981) (with Jack Thompson)

Country Lads (Stanhope Andrews, 1941) doco

Bread and Roses (Gaylene Preston, 1993)

news doco

news doco

One Hundred Crowded Years (H. H. Bridgman, 1940) doco (? representing Treaty of Waitangi, 1840)

Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983)

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1995)

Te Kooti Trail, The (Rudall Hayward, 1927)

Broken Barrier (John O'Shea, Roger Mirams, 1952)

Runaway (John O'Shea, 1964)

news doco

Wayleggo (Robert Kingsbury, 1965)

This is New Zealand (Hugh Macdonald, 1970)

Lost Tribe, The (John Laing, 1985)

Seal Hunters, The (Paul Maunder, 1973) (cut by Neill)

Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson, 1977) (dark) (Neill is the star: a running man)

Patu (Merata Mita, 1983) doco

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (John Laing, 1981)

Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy, 1980)

Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990)

Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994)

Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983)

Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992)

Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981)

Last Tattoo, The (John Reid, 1994)

Carry Me Back (John Reid, 1982)

Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy, 1980)

Quiet Earth, The (Geoff Murphy, 1985)

Smash Palace (Roger Donaldson, 1981)

Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy, 1980)

Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981)

Vigil (Vincent Ward, 1984) (arthouse)

Scarecrow, The (Sam Pillsbury, 1981)

Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, The (Vincent Ward, 1988)

Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981)

Desperate Remedies (Stewart Main, Peter Wells, 1993)

Vigil (Vincent Ward, 1984)

Piano, The (Jane Campion, 1993) ("Gothic")

Bread and Roses (Gaylene Preston, 1993)

Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990)

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1995)

Vigil (Vincent Ward, 1984)

Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981)

Piano, The (Jane Campion, 1993)


Films clipped by date

Te Kooti Trail, The (Rudall Hayward, 1927)

One Hundred Crowded Years (H. H. Bridgman, 1940)
Country Lads (Stanhope Andrews, 1941) doco

Journey for Three (Michael Forlong, 1950)
Broken Barrier (John O'Shea, Roger Mirams, 1952)
Don't Let It Get You (John O'Shea, 1966)
Soldier Boys (John King, 1967)
Runaway (John O'Shea, 1964)
Wayleggo (Robert Kingsbury, 1965)

This is New Zealand (Hugh Macdonald, 1970)
Seal Hunters, The (Paul Maunder, 1973)
Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson, 1977)

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (John Laing, 1981)
Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy, 1980)
Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981)
Carry Me Back (John Reid, 1982)
Scarecrow, The (Sam Pillsbury, 1981)
Smash Palace (Roger Donaldson, 1981)
Patu (Merata Mita, 1983)
Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983)
Vigil (Vincent Ward, 1984)
Came a Hot Friday (Ian Mune, 1984)
Lost Tribe, The (John Laing, 1985)
Quiet Earth, The (Geoff Murphy, 1985)
Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, The (Vincent Ward, 1988)

Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990)
Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992)
Bread and Roses (Gaylene Preston, 1993)
Desperate Remedies (Stewart Main, Peter Wells, 1993)
Piano, The (Jane Campion, 1993)
Jack Be Nimble (Garth Maxwell, 1993)
Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1995)
Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994)
Last Tattoo, The (John Reid, 1994)


Films clipped more than once

Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981): five
Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1995): five

Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990): four

Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992): three
Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy, 1980): three
Vigil (Vincent Ward, 1984): three

Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994): two
Bread and Roses (Gaylene Preston, 1993): two
Scarecrow, The (Sam Pillsbury, 1981): two
Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983): two


More detail about some films (in the order as mentioned)

Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990) based on autobiographies of Janet Frame: To the Island, Angel at my Table, Envoy from Mirror City); Kerry Fox; made as a three-part mini-series, but also screened as a feature; 158 min.

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1995) wr. Frances Walsh, Peter Jackson; Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O'Connor, 95 min.

Don't Let It Get You (John O'Shea, 1966) Howard Morrison, Carmen Duncan; Aussie drummer goes to NZ to find work; 80 min.

Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992) aka Dead Alive; horror, sci-fi; behind the neat curtains in suburban Wellington, Lionel, formerly a shy and naive young man is busily attempting to sever his mother's apron strings in the most spectacular fashion; high level violence and horror effects; 100 min.

Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981) Jack Thompson, Carol Burns; drama; VHS; 113 min.

Bread and Roses (Gaylene Preston, 1993) drama; Genevieve Picot

One Hundred Crowded Years (H. H. Bridgman, 1940) dramatised documentary? including Treaty of Waitangi, 1840

Broken Barrier (John O'Shea, Roger Mirams, 1952) only feature film made in NZ between 1940 and 1964

This is New Zealand (Hugh Macdonald, 1970) documentary, triptypch presentation; three screen film for Expo 70 in Japan

Lost Tribe, The (John Laing, 1985) landscape as metaphor, psychological interior; darker heart of the menacing land

Seal Hunters, The (Paul Maunder, 1973) short, ed. Sam Neill

Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson, 1977) Sam Neill

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (John Laing, 1981) book by David Yallop; David Hemmings; John Hargreaves plays Arthur Alan Thomas, who was jailed for a double murder for which he was later (partly as a result of the film) acquitted

Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy, 1980) comedy

Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994) Temuera Morrison (Jake the Muss), Rena Owen

Carry Me Back (John Reid, 1982) comedy

Quiet Earth, The (Geoff Murphy, 1985) Bruno Lawrence; sci-fi

Smash Palace (Roger Donaldson, 1981) Bruno Lawrence

Desperate Remedies (Stewart Main, Peter Wells, 1993) comedy

Piano, The (Jane Campion, 1993) prod. Jan Chapman; Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel, Kerry Walker, Genevieve Lemon, Tungia Baker


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