Movie night to bring region's past to life

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 12:10 07/11/2012

Footage of the St John Ambulance baby contest district stage, southern South Island district (1940). From the NZ Film Archive (filmarchive.org.nz).

Archive: Highlander Milk (1915)

Archive: Halfmoon Bay

Archive: Beach racing (1954)

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The Invercargill Fire Brigade as "Southland's Wild-Ridin' Cowboys," a commentary on Highlander milk, and Queen Elizabeth's 1954 visit are just a few film-reel treasures gleaned for a silent screening at Centrestage Theatre tomorrow night.

Hosted by the New Zealand Film Archive, Spills and Thrills will present Southland's historical films from 1915 onwards, including the 1928 classic, A Daughter of Invercargill, a comedy starring Alma Waters, firefighters and hundreds of Invercargill extras.

Also showing is a 1973 documentary on speedway racer Burt Munro, with footage from events in Underwood, Oreti Beach, Tiwai Point, Bluff, Stewart Island and Gore.

The screening is part of the launch of the archive's digital video resource - called medianet - which brings films back to the places they were produced.

The full collection of more than 800 videos can be viewed at the new medianet branches at Invercargill Library and Southern Institute of Technology's downtown campus in Don St.

A session on using medianet will begin at 11am on Friday at the library.

The Spills and Thrills screening will be at Centrestage Theatre tomorrow at 6.30pm.

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- The Southland Times

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