Observations: Studies in New Zealand Documentary
By: Russell Campbell (author)Paperback
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In recent times New Zealanders have engaged in battle over who we are and what we would like our country to be, and documentary film has been in the thick of it. From the picket lines of industrial conflict to the occupied ground of Maori land rights campaigns, from the stormy skirmishes of women's liberation to disputed histories of the New Zealand Wars or the New Right revolution a century later, the filmmakers have been there, documenting the action and deliberately or inadvertently helping forge a sense of national identity. They have been there, too, chronicling the work of our artists and poets, our musicians and Kiwiana exponents, as they struggle to express the meaning of a life in Aotearoa. Observations is a series of dispatches from the front, commentaries on the fray from an admittedly partisan reporter who is both critic and filmmaker himself.
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.
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