Introduced by film historian Lawrence McDonald.
The Governor: Episode 6, To the Death
1977, Dir. Tony Isaac, 1hr 15min
The final episode of the epic TV docudrama on the life of George Grey, New Zealand’s early Governor, which featured laudanum, lechery and land confiscation. It cost a million dollars to make and, unusual for the time, featured Māori dialogue—often without subtitles. Auckland Star reviewer Barry Shaw trumpeted: ‘If Pākehā now have a better understanding of the Māori point of view ... it stems from The Governor.’
Screening takes place at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets.
Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide.