Bastion Point Day 507 (1980). From material preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Courtesy of Ngāti Whatua, Leon Narbey, Gerd Pohlmann, Mita and Hawke Whānau.
Bastion Point: Day 507 Film Screening and Discussion
Saturday 24 October | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | Bookings required
In collaboration with ‘The Medium is the Message’ exhibition, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Gus Fisher Gallery present this special screening of ‘Bastion Point: Day 507’ followed by an audience discussion with Sharon Hawke of Ngāti Whātua.
Merata Mita, Leon Narbey and Gerd Pohlmann’s powerful documentary Bastion Point: Day 507 depicts the eviction of protestors from Takaparawhā (Bastion Point) on the Waitematā Harbour, Auckland. Ngāti Whātua occupied the land from January 5 1977 until May 25 1978. On the 507th day, 222 protestors engaging in non-violent resistance were arrested. Ten years after this documentary, the first historical claim heard by the Waitangi Tribunal was by Ngāti Whātua for the Orākei block land.
“This film is the total opposite of how a television documentary is made. It has a partisan viewpoint, is short on commentary, and emphasises the overkill aspect of the combined police and military operation. It is a style of documentary that I have never deviated from because it best expresses a Māori approach to film making.” – Merata Mita
This is a free screening.
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The Absolute State of It; Journalism Today in Aotearoa
Wednesday 28 October | 6:00pm – 7:00pm | Bookings required
We are extremely excited to bring you this very special event hosted by Comedian Tim Batt with an amazing line up of speakers. This is an event not to be missed!
Fake news, bad algorithms, pay walls, and polarising politicians – the state of journalism today is fraught with twenty-first century challenges and opportunities. Join comedian Tim Batt who will interrogate journalists who usually do the interrogating for us!
Tim will be joined by former broadcaster and current Head of Video/Audio & Content Partnerships at Stuff, Carol Hirschfeld (Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata); producer of RNZ’s Mediawatch and contributing writer at The Spinoff, Hayden Donnell; investigative reporter for NZ Herald and now senior writer at Stuff, Kirsty Johnston and editor of Ātea, The Spinoff’s Māori and indigenous content channel Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango).
Our panel talk is free and open to all, but bookings are required.
This event will take place in Studio 1 at Gus Fisher Gallery – the site of the first official public broadcast in Aotearoa, sixty years ago.
This event is part of Gus Fisher Gallery’s new exhibition, The Medium is the Message: Television Now and Then, commemorating sixty years of television in Aotearoa.
Good Morning Mr Orwell by Nam June Paik, 1984, film still. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
Good Morning Mr Orwell – Exclusive Online Screening
Saturday 5 December – Saturday 12 December
Nam June Paik’s groundbreaking video project Good Morning Mr Orwell (1984) arguably changed art forever. Aired on New Years Day 1984, it was the first international satellite broadcast by the artist. Sequences of entertaining collages of art and pop culture join groundbreaking performances by Laurie Anderson, Merce Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg and more. Good Morning Mr Orwell will be available to stream via our website throughout the last week of our exhibition The Medium is the Message: Television Now and Then.