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Whatever it Takes: Pacific Films and John O'Shea 1948-2000

Whatever it Takes: Pacific Films and John O'Shea 1948-2000
 

Whatever It Takes recounts the politics and process behind ground-breaking works in New Zealand film. This is a story of entrepreneurs and dreamers, a disparate bunch bound together in pursuit of films that would define New Zealand cinema.

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ISBN 9781776562114
Published 8 November 2018 by Victoria University Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Reid, John
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ISBN-13 9781776562114
ISBN-10 1776562119
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Victoria University Press
Imprint Victoria University Press
Publication Date 8 November 2018
International Release Date 15 July 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Reid, John
Category Performing Arts: Films, Cinema
Family, Home & Self Help
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Motion picture producers and directors - Biography - New Zealand, Documentary films - New Zealand, Documentary films - History - New Zealand, Documentary television programs - New Zealand, Motion pictures - Production and direction - New Zealand
NBS Text Film, TV & Radio
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 791.4302/33092
Catalogue Code 935289

Description of this Book

Pacific Films was founded on the belief that without locally made feature films, a country imperils its very identity. Led by its idiosyncratic producer John O'Shea, the story of Pacific Films begins at the emergence of a New Zealand national cinema in the second half of the twentieth century, when Pacific was virtually the only independent voice, beholden neither to the government nor the establishment, but determined to establish the value of its production with both. In a converted bakery in Kilbirnie, O'Shea trained and mentored emerging film talent. The principal qualification for admission? A passion for film - and acceptance of the company's employment contract: last in, first out. There was something about the insecurity of not knowing where the next job would come from that, when coupled with a demanding work ethic, generated a sense of creative collaboration. Whatever It Takes recounts the politics and process behind ground-breaking works including Broken Barrier, Runaway, Don't Let It Get You, Tangata Whenua, Leave All Fair and Ngati, and features a rollcall of cameos in Tony Williams, Kiri Te Kanawa, Howard Morrison, Barry Crump, Michael Seresin, Sam Neill and Barry Barclay, united by visionary producer John O'Shea. This is a story of entrepreneurs and dreamers, a disparate bunch bound together in pursuit of films that would define New Zealand cinema.

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Author's Bio

John Reid is a leading New Zealand writer and director, whose credits include the feature films Middle Age Spread, Carry Me Back, Leave All Fair and The Last Tattoo, and television drama, documentaries and commercials. A report he wrote on the state of the independent film industry contributed to the establishment of the New Zealand Film Commission in 1978.

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