Hinemoa (1914), widely regarded as New Zealand’s earliest feature film, has as its main characters indigenous Maori people, introducing a theme that has since re-emerged in films that map changes in relations between Maori and Pakeha (New Zealanders of European descent), including Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, 1994) and Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2003). New Zealand has a long history of documentary filmmaking, with the formation in 1941 of the state-backed National Film Unit, inspired by the National Film Board of Canada. This tradition has continued in activist and campaigning documentaries such as Punitive Damage (Annie Goldson, 1999), about a New Zealander killed in East Timor. Feature production has been less prominent, though since the 1970s there has been some expansion in this area, with annual production now standing at over twenty films, including co-productions. The New Zealand Film Commission, created in 1978, is tasked with promoting production, distribution, and exhibition of ‘distinctively New Zealand’ films, offering tax incentives for local productions. ...
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