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For King & Country: New Zealand's First World War on Film

When:

Thu 16 Nov 2017, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Joan McCracken

This fascinating record of New Zealand’s involvement in World War One with commentary by renowned historian Dr Chris Pugsley and a contemporary soundtrack by Iain Gordon of Fat Freddy's Drop is an engaging cinematic experience for those interested in New Zealand’s social, film and military history.

The programme is presented thematically and covers the history of filmmaking in New Zealand, and life prior to the war. It shows soldiers training and departing as well as shipboard life. There is footage of NZEF soldiers in Egypt, Gallipoli, Europe and the Middle East, and scenes showing the work of the medical corps.

There are also rare glimpses of life at the home front in New Zealand, including the first conscription ballot, fundraising activities, and an intimate home movie. It finishes with activities surrounding the armistice in the UK and New Zealand, the return home of the Māori contingent, and the unveiling of the Messines Ridge memorial in Belgium, in 1924.

Introduction by James Taylor, curator and Cataloguing & Research Manager at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.

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