2021 SUPPORTING SHORTS

 ( Various, New Zealand, )

2021 Supporting Shorts

Reviews and notes

Screening Monday 12 July

National Film Unit
WEEKLY REVIEW no. 60 Approx 4 minutes
Released October 1942

Army....GOING TO THE PICTURES
SHOW PLACES
Patriotic...PARCELS FOR PRISONERS OF WAR

Despite the misleading numbering, this October 1942 film marked the first of the National Film Unit's long-running Weekly Review series. The NFU had been established a year earlier to promote the war effort via newsreels screened in movie theatres. In the first clip, Kiwi soldiers watch an NFU film in a makeshift outdoor cinema. Then war readiness is demonstrated via army exercises — including on Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where “Māori and Pākehā are working together, mounting machine guns for their common defence.” Finally: Red Cross parcels are prepared for NZ prisoners of war.

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