• Adventures of Jonathan Dennis: Bicultural Film Archiving Practice in Aotearoa Nz

    Adventures of Jonathan Dennis: Bicultural Film Archiving Practice in Aotearoa Nz
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    ISBN: 9780861967223
    Title: Adventures of Jonathan Dennis: Bicultural Film Archiving Practice in Aotearoa Nz
    Author: KELLY EMMA JEAN

    Jonathan Dennis (1953–2002), was the
    creative and talented founding director of
    the New Zealand Film Archive. Dennis
    became a conduit for tension and debate
    from the time the Archive opened in 1981
    in relation to both the indigenous and
    non-indigenous presentation of film archival
    materials. His work resulted in a film archive
    and curatorship practice which differed
    significantly from that of the North
    American and European archives he
    originally sought to emulate, and the
    practice of the NZFA became influential
    outside New Zealand. As a Pakeha
    (non-Maori/indigenous New Zealander)
    with a strong sense of social justice, he
    argued for an awareness of geographical
    location and cultural context in his work. He
    supported a philosophical shift in archival
    practice by engaging indigenous peoples in
    developing creative and innovative
    exhibitions and programmes from the
    1980s until his death, and recognised that
    much of the expertise required to work with
    archival materials rested with the
    communities outside archival walls.
    Dennis was part of a conversation about the
    contested ground of the archive, the
    biography and the nation during his lifetime
    of work, presenting counter-narratives of
    national identity in artistic productions as
    well as archival presentations. This book
    presents new interviews gathered by the
    author, as well as an examination of existing
    interviews, films and broadcasts about and
    with Jonathan Dennis, to consider the
    narrative of a life and work in relation to film
    archiving. Ultimately it is a reflection upon
    how an archive can respond to the materials
    within and the movements outside its walls
    with a commitment to community in its
    many and varied forms.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $65.00
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