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For King & Country: New Zealand’s First World War on Film










NZ | 70mins

  • Research:  James Taylor & Dr Chris Pugsley, ONZM
  • Commentary: Dr Chris Pugsley, ONZM
  • Soundtrack: Iain Gordon of Fat Freddy’s Drop
  • Produced by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision



  • Friday 9th, 5:30PM NEW
  • Saturday 10th, 2PM
  • Sunday 11th, 1PM

Excerpts from 38 films, and a variety of still images, are included, from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and other archives in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The programme is presented thematically and covers the history of filmmaking in New Zealand, and life prior to the war. It shows soldiers training and departing as well as shipboard life. There is footage of NZEF soldiers in Egypt, Gallipoli, Europe and the Middle East, and scenes showing the work of the medical corps.

There are also rare glimpses of life at the home front in New Zealand, including the first conscription ballot, fundraising activities, and an intimate home movie. It finishes with activities surrounding the armistice in the UK and New Zealand, the return home of the Māori contingent, and the unveiling of the Messines Ridge memorial in Belgium, in 1924.