NZ On Screen - March’s Top 10
This is the top 10 clips watched by local NZ audiences from NZ On Screen:
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Short Film, 1970, Excerpt
Hugh MacDonald’s three-screen celebration of NZ was seen by two million people at the 1970 Osaka Expo, and by over 350,000 NZers on its homecoming theatrical release. Rarely seen since, this excerpt, screening on a specially commissioned player, is the first three minutes of the film.
Short Film, 1987, Full Length
This classic short sees Don McGlashan and Harry Sinclair goof around Karangahape Road in various guises in a hilarious baton relay-style narrative. It charts via a mention on Spareroom, “yes, they do wear those polyester walk shorts that NZ civil servants and geography teachers used to love.”
On The Mat
Television, 1980, 2 Full Length Episodes
Steve Rickard’s cult pro-wrestling TV show On the Mat continues to attract punters looking for a sweaty nostalgic taste of larger-than-life characters like King Curtis, Samoan Joe, Aussie Larry O'Day, and Sweet William and Brute Miller (soon famous in the US as The Bushwackers).
Beyond A Joke
Television, 1995, Full Length
Leading our collection celebrating Kiwi comedy on TV, is this doco about NZ humour. It features dollops of classic TV comedy moments from Fred Dagg, Barry Crump, McPhail and Gadsby, Billy T James, Pete and Pio, the Topp Twins, Gliding On, Lyn of Tawa, Funny Business, and more.
Film, 2010, Trailer, Excerpts, Interviews
Taika Waititi’s second feature evolved from Oscar-nominated short Two Cars One Night and similarly mines the 80s styles of his East Coast Crazy Horse childhood. Since Boy’s NZ theatrical release it has broken box office records. Check out the promo and exclusive behind the scenes clips.
Film, 1983, Full Length
Merata Mita’s landmark doco Patu! is a startling record of the mass civil disobedience that took place throughout NZ during the winter of 1981, in protest against a South African rugby tour. Required citizenship viewing, it staunchly contradicts claims that Kiwis are “a passionless people”.
Love, Speed and Loss
Television, 2005, Full Length
Motor-powered subjects are enduringly popular on the site and this award-winning doco about motor-racer Kim Newcombe, is waving the flag in March. Newcombe turned heads on a self-made König bike, but was killed racing in 1973 and posthumously came second in that year's World 500cc Grand Prix.
Short Film, 2004, Full Length
Taika Waititi’s second chart entry is his acclaimed short about a group of Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins waiting for night to fall. In the silence the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes, before a tohu (sign) brings them back to reality and they return to the fray.
The Best of Billy T James Collection
Television, 1992, Full Length Episode
This compilation of skits from the much loved laureate of laughter’s popular 80s TV shows is a consistent winner. It includes Te News (black singlet, yellow towel), Turangi Vice, and classic spoofs of Pixie Caramel’s “last requests” and Lands For Bags’ “where’d you get your bag” ads.
Nothing's Going To Happen
Music Video, 1981, Tall Dwarfs
Chris Knox mines his 1981 surroundings for this stop-motion Tall Dwarfs' clip, including setting fire to his lounge. A full two decades before Final Cut Pro made homespun hip, and directors like Michel Gondry popularised the craft aesthetic. An NYC Knox benefit concert takes place on May 6th