Number 25 Winter 1996
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Front Cover:
Colin McKenzie at work in Forgotten Silver.

THE LANTHORN THAT SHEWS TRICKS by Bill Main. 2

IMAG(N)ING OUR PAST: Colonial New Zealand on film from The Birth of New Zealand to The Piano by Reid Perkins. 4

WITH ALAN AND ALICE IN THE CINEMA VERDI The Alan Roberts Collection, Alice Guy-Blaché and Pordenone Silent Film Festival by Rachel Healy. 11

SILVER MAGIC Jane Roscoe and Craig Hight on Forgotten Silver and how Colin Mckenzie has entered New Zealand film history. 14

A ROAD TO EREWHON Cinema of Unease’s take on New Zealand film history by Lawrence McDonald. 20

GUARDIANS OF ABSENT MEANING Laurence Simmons on the ‘video-testimony’ of War Stories. 26

25 Wellington/28 Auckland Film Festival Preview.

In this special section three writers preview a selection of seven films from an extensive and exciting proramme. John Downie looks at three ‘documentaries’ of diaspora in the post-colonial world: Oscar and Jack, Our Burmese Days and Bontoc Eulogy. Taking off from a discussion of ‘quality’ television in the USA, Harriet Margolis considers three films which deal with colourful or controversial figures from the history of film: Orson Welles and William Radolph Hears (The Battle over “Citizen Kane”). Carmen Miranda (Bananas is my Business) and Jean Seberg (From the Journals of …). And finally. Paul Clark introduces and backgrounds Carma Hinton’s and Richard Gordon’s massive 190 minute documentary on the horror of Tian’an-men Square, The Gate of Heavenly Peace. 30

PERFORMING IDENTITY: Engendering Post-Coloniality on Stage by Judith Dale. 36

CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES: Niko Besnier on the figure of the fa-afafine in A Frigate Bird Sings. 43

A WELLSIAN DRAMA: Johanne McComish considers Ricordi! in relation to the film and literary work of Peter Wells. 45

NATIVE VOICE: 1981 and all that Peter Cleave examines voice and dialogue in Maori theatre and film in the wake of attending John Broughton's 1981. 47

GIVE MY NAME TO ME - a recent screening by the Wellington Film Society leads John O'Shea to reflect on several matters in NZ's centenary year of cinema. 52

Books

TWO REVIEWS OF NAMING THE OTHER: IMAGES OF THE MAORI IN NEW ZEALAND FILM AND TELEVISION.

      i. Lawrence McDonald
      ii. Peter Cleave