There are many New Zealand feature films that have very low voter rating participants at IMDB.
'Mr. Pip' (2013) has a respectible count of 1712 votes (as of 09 May), whereas the Sir Edmund Hillary docudrama 'Beyond the Edge' (2013) has only attracted 675 voters. Now 'Mr. Pip', technically a New Zealand co-production, had money behind it and it had a highly recognized Actor and a highly recognized Director. Whereas 'Beyond the Edge' has a relatively unknown Director making a bold feature, using mostly inexperienced actors. Am I smelling Tall Poppies here, or is this a reaction to the belief that only Hollywood makes great films? Great films are made in New Zealand and they are not only directed by Peter Jackson.
However, most New Zealand features are largely hindered by inadequate funding. Many less than ideal compromises are a normal part of New Zealand filmmaking. That these features get made at all is a wonder. Ask yourself - If New Zealanders don't tell New Zealand stories, who will? Wouldn't you rather have less than ideally produced stories made, instead of not having any made at all? And even if the Americans and Australians were to do it, would you trust them to represent your cultural uniqueness correctly? Would Maori and other Pacific Islanders want others to tell their stories? There are many New Zealand features that have received almost no votes at IMDB. There are six I have picked out that I am using as a challenge to New Zealanders. They are:
The Leading Edge (1987)
Mark II (1986)
No Petrol, No Diesel (2009)
Should I Be Good (1985)
The challenge is to view a film or films, then go to the IMDB site (I have links from all titles to their IMDB page) and vote. If you write up a review for IMDB, send me a copy and I will add it to my site. All six of these films can be viewed online free, so there is no excuse for not being able to view them. I might also add that most major New Zealand community and University libraries also have or have access to these titles. Bare in mind that all of these films were made with a budget of well under $1 million each, with a great deal of donated labour and materials, so try to be respectful when writing up your reviews of these efforts.
Enjoy - Charles
|Welcome to "New Zealand Films on VHS, DVD, Blu-ray and Streaming". By clicking on the appropriate box, you will be able to locate information regarding some 260 New Zealand Feature Film titles that can be found on VHS video (NTSC or PAL), DVD or Blu-Ray discs plus many that are now streamed online. All titles have links to trailers or film clip downloads.|
|Gradually as more information becomes available, the "News" section will contain information about the most recent site additions and/or changes, as well as announcements of general interest. The DVD, Blu-ray and Streaming buttons will take you to lists of titles available on those formats, where clicking on the film titles will provide you with details.|
|If you are looking for New Zealand documentaries, short films or links to NZ film cast or crew associations, check the resources in the "Links" section. Gradually changes are being made to make the site "friendlier" for those with mobile devices, including smaller MP4 trailers. I welcome your comments and suggestions.|
|The "First Choices" section is a great starting point for those new to New Zealand films. The "Books" section lists publications about the NZ film industry, its participants and their films. The "Directors" section is a cross-reference to their titles. Click on the "Buy Sell Rent" box to find major on-line sources in key countries for titles.|
|The "Soundtracks" section is continuing to being revised and expanded, including sample downloads for most titles. I need to decide how to represent soundtracks that are only available as a "burn-your-own download. A sub-section covering early soundtrack LPs has been added.|
|The "Misc" section will fill you in on little facts concerning NZ films and their history, as well as related items such as NZ movie themed postal stamps. There is a list of the NZ films that have reached at least $1 million at NZ cinemas and a statement regarding artistic credits and property rights plus links to International Film Commissions.|
|In summary I want to hear your ideas about how I could improve the content of this site. Believe me when I say that this site is the result of the work of many people, although indirectly. We all owe much to those who have dedicated themselves to NZ film. If you are looking for specific information that you cannot find here, email me and I will do my best to provide an answer.|