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Don’t Let It Get You


Tue 18 Aug 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm
Wed 19 Aug 2015, 9:30am–7:00pm
Thu 20 Aug 2015, 9:30am–7:00pm
Fri 21 Aug 2015, 9:30am–7:00pm
Sat 22 Aug 2015, 4:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


An exhibition of props, documentation and moving images from the Pacific Films Collection.

Wellington has always played a significant part in New Zealand film, television and broadcasting. But before Wellywood, a small independent film company in Kilbirnie called Pacific Film Productions Ltd single-handedly kept the hope of a New Zealand feature film industry alive. In the period between 1950 and 1970, there were only three feature films made in this country, and Pacific Films made them all.

While Pacific Films also made documentaries, TV series, newsreels, safety films and commercials, this exhibition focuses on rarely seen items that played a part in the production of those three feature films of the post-war period, directed by John O’Shea: "Broken Barrier" (1952), "Runaway" (1964), and "Don’t Let It Get You" (1966). All these films are now considered national treasures.

The items exhibited here are from the Pacific Films Collection, a collection unique to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

Free admission, all welcome.

Associated cinema screenings:

- "Broken Barrier" (1952): 7pm, Wed 12 August. Tickets $8 / $6.
Tom Sullivan, a young Pākehā journalist researching a series of exploitative, tabloid articles on "the" Māori people becomes a casual labourer on a Mahia Peninsular farm. The emotional liaison he forms with Rawi, a young Māori woman exposes the racism engendered by the particular social attitudes and expectations of that time.

- "Runaway" (1964): 7pm, Fri 14 August / 4.30pm Sat 15 August. Tickets $8 / $6.
“‘He was a young man in a hungry hurry – his blood on fire’, bluffed the ad campaign for New Zealand’s first road move, John O’Shea’s 'Runaway' (1964), and that was where the resemblance to American moviemaking ended. The kiwi Angry Young Man of 1964 is actually a much cooler customer. David Manning (the handsome, fair and fine-featured Colin Broadley) is a yachting, nightclubbing young blade about Auckland who gets caught ‘borrowing’ from his employer, and hits the road north." - — Bill Gosden, New Zealand Film Festivals, 2002

- "Don’t Let It Get You" (1966). 7pm, Sat 15 August. Tickets $8 / $6.
A light-hearted comedy with music. Set in Sydney and Rotorua, the story centres around "The Rotorua Festival," a young drummer (Gary Wallace) and his girl Judy Beech (Carmen Duncan). Howard Morrison plays himself and as such comes across on screen as naturally as if he were sitting right opposite you. Rim D. Paul, Eddie Lowe and the Quin Tikis are seen in many mad-cap situations; also more serious ones.

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