From the picket lines of industrial conflict and the occupied ground of Maori land-rights campaigns to the stormy skirmishes of women's liberation and disputed histories of the New Zealand Wars, this discussion describes how documentary filmmakers have helped forge a sense of national identity among native New Zealanders. The evocation maintains that these dedicated documentarians have also carried on preserving the work of the country's artists, poets, and Kiwiana exponents as they struggle to express the meaning of life in their home country. Comprised as a series of dispatches from the front line of filmmaking, this record highlights an adventurous art form, celebrating its role in a colorful country's milestones.
Russell Campbell is an adjunct professor of film at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of Cinema Strikes Back: Radical Filmmaking in the United States 1930-1942 and Marked Women: Prostitutes and Prostitution in the Cinema. He is the director of the documentary films Rebels in Retrospect and Sedition: The Suppression of Dissent in World War II New Zealand and the codirector of Wildcat. He is the founder of the film journal the Velvet Light Trap and a former editor of Illusions magazine.