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Rewi’s Last Stand / The Last Stand

Rewi’s Last Stand / The Last Stand

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  • Fri 14 Jul ’17, 7:30pm – 8:35pm


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


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Concession: $8.00

Based on James Cowan’s description of the 1864 Battle of Orakau Pa, Rewi’s Last Stand is a remake of Hayward’s 1925 silent film of the same name with a fictional love story between a settler and a young Māori woman woven in.

Rewi’s Last Stand premiered at the Empire Theatre, Te Awamutu on 1 May 1940 to great fanfare. The famous British documentarian, John Grierson, went so far as to say “It is more important that New Zealanders should have produced this film than that they should see one hundred films from Hollywood. It is a good film, and I am surprised how near to producing a Cecil B. de Mille spectacle Mr Hayward has come.”In 1948 Hayward took the film to England. British quota laws at the time required editing the original 9,000 feet to 5,000. The shortened film was released as The Last Stand and is all that survives today. In 1970 it became the first New Zealand film to screen on local television.

This screening is part of the Film in the Colony Symposium hosted by the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Find out more at https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/crocc/film-in-the-colony-symposium .

This screening is free if you are registered for the Film in the Colony Symposium.

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