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Bastion Point revisited

23 Oct 2016

The 1980 documentary no broadcaster dared to screen and the police once tried to confiscate is about to be screened publicly for the first time. Audio

Sunday 23 October 2016


12:40 Bastion Point publicly screened for the first time 

A still from the film Bastion Point - Day 507

Photo: SUPPLIED / Bastion Point - Day 507 (Merata Mita, Leon Narby and Gerd Pohlman, 1980)

No broadcaster dared to screen it and the police tried to confiscate it, which is why Merita Mita's landmark documentary about the Bastion Point conflict was rare to see in the 1970s. But nowadays attitudes are changing and it's about to be publicly screened for the first time. 

Sarah Davy and Honiana Love talk about what they've been able to achieve and filmmaker Leon Narby, who was filming that day, takes us back.

First Lady Mayor 

Leslie Lewis worked on both the Bastion Point documentary and the restoration of the second oldest surviving film in New Zealand The First Lady Mayor, which was filmed in 1900. She had to do a lot of detective work on The First Lady Mayor, as well as working with a very fragile master copy.

12:50 Filmmaker Rob Sarkies 

Rob Sarkies directed Into the Blue about the Aramoana tragedy, the telemovie The Louise Nicholas Story about a woman fighting for justice, and most recently Jean - a biopic about the aviatrix Jean Batten.

1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris looks at films that attempted to cash in on popular, best-selling novels, and a perceived, not particularly choosy section of the market – Inferno, The Clan and Golden Years.

Still from The Golden Years

Still from The Golden Years Photo: YouTube screenshot

1:33 Frances Fellows  

For 50 years, the University of Otago has offered artists a chance to concentrate on their work for a year, by offering a stipend, gallery and accommodation. Former Frances fellows Marte Szirmay, Denis O'Connor and Seraphine Pick join Lynn Freeman.

For more information about the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship click here

1:50 Sleep Concert

We catch up with Jeremy Mayall after he plays nine hours of concert music with Kent Macpherson and Yotam Levy. 'To Sleep' is the second longest piece of music in history.

2:06 The Laugh Track: Alexander Sparrow

Donald Trump impersonator Alexander Sparrow is the star of the political satire The President, which is coming to The Dark Room in Palmerston Theatre.

2:40 Eliot Ropemakers

For generations ropemakers used to walk for kilometres, up and down a long, low, narrow factory in Dunedin, overseeing machines producing long ropes for tugs and other boats. The Donnaghys rope factory opened in 1876. Karen Elliot is on the show to discuss the history and heritage of ropemaking. 

2:49 Gina Cole 

Fijian Kiwi family lawyer and writer Gina Cole writes about the impact on Fijians of military dictatorship, life for child sweatshop workers and a man lost on a glacier, in her debut short story collection Black Ice Matter. She reads for us and explains the story behind the story. 

3:06 Drama at 3: Turnabay

This week the story of Turnabay continues inspired by the slave dynasty that ruled Egypt during the Middle Ages.