Cinema of Unease

Cinema of Unease

Cinema of Unease

Kiwi acting legend Sam Neill goes on a personal journey as director and narrator of this 1995 documentary that observes New Zealand’s film history, from the birth of the country’s own film industry to establishing a national cinematic identity.

1995Rating: Exempt52 minsNew Zealand, UK
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Cinema of Unease / Reviews

Time Out

Time Out

Maybe Neill overplays NZ's struggle to break away from British cultural domination, but his celebration of the recent arrival of new voices (Maoris, women, gays) provides a genuinely upbeat punchline.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Neill takes pride in showing how New Zealand's "uniquely strange and dark film industry" has evolved to yield more mature work, especially recent films by Jane Campion. "It seemed miraculous," he says of watching her "Angel at My Table." "A masterpiece from our own place."

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