New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History

NZ Film-History

The first comprehensive, illustrated, and locally authored New Zealand film history, celebrating over 100 years of our film industry.

Both entertaining and enlightening, this momentous publication is the first to tell the complete story of New Zealand film. From art-house flicks to Oscar-winning epics, the obscure to the iconic, Broken Barrier to Braindead to Boy – it’s all here.

Source: Te Papa Press

Alison Bechdel – Fun Home

Alison Bechdel - Fun Home

A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.

This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel’s sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, it’s a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.

Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter’s complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned “fun home,” as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic — and redemptive. –


Art icons of New Zealand : lines in the sand

Art icons of New Zealand - lines in the sand

Certain images, art objects and art styles have embedded themselves in the consciousness of many New Zealanders. But why and how have they become part of our visual vocabulary? Oliver Stead has had the difficult task of not only selecting 40 of these iconic works but putting them into a context of New Zealand art history.


Maori art and design : a guide to classic weaving, painting, carving and architecture

Maori art and design - a guide to classic weaving, painting, carving and architecture

For early Maori, art was inseparable from daily life, whether it was the pattern on a sculpted spade handle or the magnificently carved prow of a war canoe. Julie Paama-Pengelly traces the evolution of art and design in historic Maori culture and brings that art to life, focusing on four major disciplines:

– Weaving and fibre arts: includes tukutuku, kitemaking, basketry, netting and clothing

– Painting and pigmentation: includes rock drawing and painting wooden objects

– Sculpture and carving: includes stone, bone, wood carving and patterning

– Architecture and structural arts: includes villages, storage and meeting houses, burial structures and bone containers.


Look this way : New Zealand writers on New Zealand artists

Look this way

Features well-known New Zealand writers, poets, novelists, and even an economist, who write about their favourite local artist. This work includes a graphic essay (Dylan Horrocks on Barry Linton) and two poems (Jenny Bornholdt on Mary Macfarlane and Anne Kennedy on John Reynolds); and other essays such as Fiona Farrell on Gavin Bishop.