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Gaston Melies and his Wandering Star Film Company

Gaston Melies and his Wandering Star Film Company

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  • Thu 13 Jul ’17, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Concession: $8.00

In 1912-1913, Gaston Méliès, brother of the pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès, undertook a ten-month long trip around Asia-Pacific. While Georges was making imaginary trips in his Montreuil studio, Gaston was travelling for real, to the most remote places. Boarding an ocean liner in San Francisco with his wife Hortense and a team of about 15 collaborators, he journeyed to Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Java, Singapore, Cambodia, and finally Japan. During this transoceanic adventure, Gaston Méliès shot no less than 64 movies, either documentaries or fictions, of which only a few have survived. Some of them were among the first ones ever filmed on location in Tahiti, Java, Singapore, and Cambodia. Moreover, Gaston Méliès, very much ahead of its time in that matter, was the first filmmaker to give fiction roles to Tahitians, Maoris, Aborigines and Cambodians. He did not return to the USA but travelled straight back from Japan to France, where he settled with his wife, and died shortly after, in 1915.

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