Interview with Mishelle Muagututi’a, Contract Archivist (Pacific Films Collection)

Gareth Watkins (SANKT Accessions Archivist)  interviews  Mishelle Muagututi’a (Contract Archivist – Pacific Films Collection), about her job at the Film Archive. She tells us about her work with documentation in the Jonathan Dennis Library, and deposits recently received from the producers of Bro’Town (TV3, 2004 – 2009).

Bro'Town.
Bro’Town.

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Scenes and Views Around New Zealand c. 1913

By James Taylor, NZFA Cataloguer / Researcher

The 100th anniversary of the 1913 Great Strike, “one of New Zealand’s most violent and disruptive industrial confrontations” (nzhistory.net.nz), is being marked in October and November this year. While there is no extant footage from the strike itself, there is plenty of material in the Film Archive’s vault from around that period and we have put a collection of clips together to give visitors to the Archive’s TV Lounge a sense of the places, people and events that were captured on film in New Zealand around 1913.

F7107 [FUNDRAISING JERVOIS QUAY WELLINGTON 1918]
F7107 [FUNDRAISING JERVOIS QUAY WELLINGTON 1918]
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Vilma Banky: A Long Way from Home

By Ellen Pullar, NZFA Publicist

Vilma Banky during the 1920s. Keri de Carlo Collection, Documentation Collection, New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua.
Vilma Banky during the 1920s. Keri de Carlo Collection, Documentation Collection, New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua.

I am easily star-struck. I love movie stars. The glamour, the scandals, the larger-than-life “personalities,” the faces – carefully crafted out of light and pancake makeup, and resplendent in close-ups… Before taking up my job at the Film Archive I spent several years as a postgraduate student, researching classical Hollywood, basking in the still incandescent glow emitted by the stars of eighty years ago. Given my interests/fanaticism, I had been looking for an excuse to explore the Keri de Carlo Collection of old Hollywood star paraphernalia for some time, so I leaped at the chance to go and look through these materials for this blog. Continue reading