Who’s For Hollywood? – Miss New Zealand 1927

By Ellen Pullar, NZFA Publicist

This blog post looks back to 1927, at a little fizzer of a short film called Who’s For Hollywood: Series 2, which is part of the Film Archive’s collection. The original is on nitrate film, but the Archive has digital preservation copies – watch the film online here. The four-minute film showcases the Auckland semi-finalists in competition for the title of Miss New Zealand 1927. It depicts the hunt for an exemplary model of New Zealand girlhood, at a time when our nation had not yet come into its own as a country – the film bears the influence of both Britain and Hollywood.

Auckland semi-finalists in the Miss New Zealand 1927 competition cheering on a rugby game at Carlaw Park.
Auckland semi-finalists in the Miss New Zealand 1927 competition cheering on a rugby game at Carlaw Park.

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Interview with John Kelcher, SANTK Preservation Archivist

Gareth Watkins (SANKT Accessions Archivist) interviews John Kelcher (SANTK Preservation Archivist) about his work for Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero, in Christchurch – where he has been employed for 15 years. John talks about historical uses of sound technologies, sound preservation processes, and some of his favourite collection items (including an oral history about misadventures in the mining town of Denniston).

John Kelcher, SANTK Preservation Archivist.
John Kelcher, SANTK Preservation Archivist.

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