New Zealand Cinema
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Film Studies, Radio/Television/Film
Taught In English
18 MFCO, ENGL, or FIME points, FIME 206
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
A study of New Zealand film with emphasis placed upon historical and theoretical approaches.
This paper is designed as a study of New Zealand cinema in its institutional and historical context with regard to some key issues. These issues include: the political economy of filmmaking in New Zealand; the socio-historical context of both the subject matter and production environment of several films; problems that arise in trying to articulate precisely what "New Zealand cinema" is and, by extension, what New Zealand is and who New Zealand filmmakers are (and, for that matter, New Zealanders generally). Ultimately, this will lead us to consider discourses of identity pertaining to several overlapping and conflicting forces: national, transnational, ethno-cultural and postcolonial.
MFCO 216 is divided into five modules:
-National identity, political economy and the production of culture
-Contested histories: Imagining New Zealand's past
-Postcolonial identities: New Zealand's 'melting pot'?
-Space and warfare: Land/cityscapes and power
-In pursuit of New Zealand-ness: Nationalism and transnationalism
-Short Essay (1,500 words) 20%
-Long Essay (2,000-2,500 words) 30% [25% plus 5% Hocken attendance]
-Participation Exercises 15%
-Evaluation (500 words) 5%
-Mid-Term and Final Exams 30% [15% each]
-Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories and current areas of debate in the study of Aotearoa/New Zealand cinema
-Expand your viewing range and understanding of Aotearoa/New Zealand films
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