Cinema of Aotearoa New Zealand

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cinema of Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course focuses on the cinema and visual culture of Aotearoa New Zealand from different cultural, aesthetic, historical, industrial and economic perspectives.

    This course offers an analysis of the cinema of Aotearoa New Zealand from a cultural, historical and economic perspective. The course is divided into three areas of study. The frist part of the course will focus on the examination of the concepts such as national identoty and the production of culture. This will involve a study of the concept of national cinema, an overview of the history of New Zealand cinema, and the discussion of how film is funded and produced in New Zealand. The second part of the course will deal with the analysis of the land, the history, and the people on screen, focusing in particular on the ways these integral elements of New Zealand culture have been represented in New Zealand films. The third and final block of the course will explore different approaches to film-making in New Zealand. It will focus on the analysis of key local film-makers and will situate contemporary New Zealand cinema in the global context.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate specific knowledge of the aesthetic construction of the cinema of Aotearoa New Zealand and how this cinema engages with local, national and global concerns.
    2. Analyse New Zealand film as a field connected to institutional, industrial, historical and cultural formations and practices
    3. Situate New Zealand cinema within a broad understanding of national and international cinema, as well as debates around national and cultural identity
    4. Research issues pertaining to New Zealand cinema effectively
    5. Communicate their interpretations of films and arguments about New Zealand cinema in a persuasive manner

    Project and Presentation (10 minutes) 20%
    Five Tutorial Tasks (100-200 words each) 10%
    Research Essay 0(2000-2500 words) 35%
    Take Home Test (2000-2500 words) 35%

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