Free screening of Barry Barclay: Camera on the Shore at the National Library in June

Wellingtonians are invited to attend a free screening of Barry Barclay: Camera on the Shore at the National Library on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Graeme Tuckett’s acclaimed documentary about pioneering Maori filmmaker Barry Barclay (Ngāti Apa and Pākehā) will be presented to the public by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and the Manatū Taonga Department of Culture and Heritage.

Barclay, who died in 2008, was a tireless campaigner who made acclaimed feature films, documentaries and TV productions including Ngati, Tangata Whenua and The Neglected Miracle. He was also a longtime advocate for the right of Indigenous peoples to tell their own stories.

Neill Atkinson, Deputy General Manager, Delivery (Acting) at Manatū Taonga, said the screening was an opportunity to spark a conversation about history, ethics, culture and Te Tiriti.

“Barry challenged the audience to ask who can tell Maori stories, for which audience and for what purpose.

“It is fitting that we screen this film on the eve of our first Matariki holiday, a new national holiday that recognizes and celebrates te ao Māori.

“This is the first time we’ve attempted to screen a film like this. It’s a new way to bring important conversations to a wider audience.

“We are also very pleased that the film’s acclaimed director, Graeme Tuckett, and editor Annie Collins, will be at the screening and will be staying on afterwards to answer questions from the audience.

“I really encourage anyone who is available to come, enjoy the show and stay for a kōrero. This is a fabulous opportunity and a great way to kick off Matariki’s holiday weekend.”

Barry Barclay: Camera on the Shore will screen at the Taiwhanga Kauhau – Wellington National Library Auditorium. Entrance is free and registration is not necessary. The National Library also no longer requires COVID vaccine passes for public events, but masks must be worn at all times in the auditorium.

Visit the National Library’s website for more information on security measures related to COVID-19.

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