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Showcasing the National Film Unit collection

August 6, 2010

Thirty films from the National Film Unit (NFU) collection held at Archives New Zealand are being showcased on NZ On Screen.
 
The films provide a valuable insight into New Zealand’s screen history, and include NFU classics: Rhythm and Movement, Ralph Hotere; Snows of Aorangi, Score; Gone up North for a While, Games 74; Governor, This is New Zealand, and many more. To view the films: http://www.nzonscreen.com/collection/national-film-unit-collection
 
The NFU was established in August 1941 as a result of a Cabinet decision to provide film publicity of New Zealand’s war effort. For almost 50 years, the Unit produced a diverse range of films, from wartime newsreels to tourism promos to historical television dramas.
 
Archives New Zealand, Wellington took over responsibility for the restoration and preservation of the National Film Unit’s extensive archival film collection in 1988.

In 1988 the Government announced its intention to sell the National Film Unit. The sale occurred in March 1990.