Cover

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Half title, Dedication, Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-viii

This book emerged from my PhD thesis and has involved the support of many people including University of Auckland staff Laurence Simmons and Annie Goldson who started me on my way in 2009, and Sue Abel who then stepped in to provide advice on the bicultural aspects of the research. While at University of Auckland I received a grant for archival research. ...

Glossary of terms, Archival sources and key, Interviews

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pp. ix-x

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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pp. 1-14

This work explores the philosophy and nature of film archiving in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) through an analysis of the role played by Jonathan Dennis, firstly at the New Zealand Film Archive, Ngā Kaitiaki o ngā Taonga Whitiāhua (NZFA), from 1981 until 1990 and thereafter as a freelance film curator until his death in 2002. ...

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Chapter 2: The practice of the archive

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pp. 15-22

The cultural practice of archiving physical materials in dedicated institutions emerges from European museums and libraries and is adapted by film archives, which over time have developed their own styles most appropriate to the media which they house. ...

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Chapter 3: Jonathan Spencer Dennis and the early years

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pp. 23-54

Barry Barclay described Jonathan Dennis’ work and his “stumbling prescience back in the first years …” which “… showed, at least in film archive circles, certainly in this country and perhaps internationally too, how he was much ahead of his time” (Barclay, 2005 p.107). ...

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Chapter 4: Biculturalism and the NZFA

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pp. 55-76

During the late 1970s and 1980s period in which Dennis was locating and collecting film materials, social and political shifts were occurring in NZ. Jonathan Dennis was one figure in a wider landscape, and the previous chapter has described his personal experience as well as the development of the Film Commission and Film Archive. ...

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Chapter 5: The New Zealand Film Archive become Guardians of the Treasured Images of Light/Ngā Kaitiaki o ngā Taonga Whitiāhua

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pp. 77-96

Within its first decade, the NZFA developed from its “very European” origins (Dennis, 1989 p.10) into an institution which had a working document called The Constitution/Kaupapa in which the Treaty of Waitangi principles were incorporated and acknowledged as the founding document of the nation.91 ...

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Chapter 6: Narrative of Jonathan Dennis’ archive

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pp. 97-118

When filmmaker Peter Wells made an audiovisual recording of Jonathan Dennis at his house as Dennis was dying of cancer in late 2001, he used a small hand-held digital camera which he felt was less intrusive than a film camera which would have required a crew. Wells admits this made for “an amateurishly shot home video”, but felt “it wasn’t that kind of massive invasion that you used to get with film. ...

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Chapter 7: Beyond cinema, beyond the NZFA

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pp. 119-146

The previous chapter examined Dennis’ narratives of his life, while this chapter takes the threads of Dennis’ experience and knowledge of social injustice and relates these to the presentation of archival materials which he undertook. It will demonstrate how Dennis’ practice was a creative endeavour and a collaborative venture which sought, ...

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Chapter 8: Concluding discussion: Archive as biography of the nation?

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pp. 147-156

Dennis’ works (listed as an appendix) contributed to the growing archive of New Zealand and South Pacific culture, and demonstrate how he was never the sole author of these works; he was seeking to frame, curate and be the catalyst for the presentation of the artistic productions of others. ...

Bibliography (Text, Film, Video, Sound)

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pp. 157-170

Appendix I: James McDonald films catalogue

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pp. 171-174

Appendix II: Jonathan Dennis’ bibliography

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pp. 175-176

Appendix III: Constitution Kaupapa of the NZFA 1988

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pp. 177-178

Appendix IV: List of Interviewees

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pp. 179-180

Index

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pp. 181-188

Image plates

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Back cover

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