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One-off screening of 1920’s New Zealand architecture footage

One-off screening of 1920’s New Zealand architecture footage from the New Zealand Film Archive

Historic Places Hawke’s Bay and MTG Hawke’s Bay present a special one-off screening of Fabric & Rhythm: 1920s New Zealand Architecture on Film on Thursday 22 May at the MTG Century Theatre.

This selection of archival films, all held by the New Zealand Film Archive, takes the viewer on a lively journey through 1920s New Zealand. These will be presented in stunning digital format.

The programme showcases the construction of civic buildings and monuments, domestic architecture and the architecture of industry. From footage of the temple at Ra¯tana, to evidence of the devastation of the Murchison earthquake, to streetscenes - from Lambton Quay to Napier’s lively waterfront.

“The 1920s was a period conventionally typecast as conservative and in which architects were frustrated with the public's seeming lack of appreciation of the importance of architecture,” says Curator Christine McCarthy, VUW Architecture School.

“Timber shortages, the rise of town-planning and the pervasiveness of the automobile all impacted on the new shape of the built environment.”

The film includes scenes of Napier’s lively waterfront precinct prior to the 1931 earthquake.

Curated by Christine McCarthy, VUW Architecture School, from the collection of The New Zealand Film Archive Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitiahua.
MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier
Thursday 22 May 2014 at 6pm

Join us for a drink and nibbles from 5.30pm

Suggested donation MTG Friends and Historic Places Hawke's Bay Members $5 general public $10
No pre-booking, pay on the night


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