Celluloid Circus: the Heyday of the New Zealand Picture Theatre (out of print)
As an ideal companion to "Celluloid Dreams: A Century of Film in New Zealand" which covers 1896 to 1996, this book presents a more comprehensive history of the heyday of the New Zealand picture theatre between 1925 and 1970, lavishly illustrated with many never-before-published period photographs. It is a richly informative and often hilarious record of a crucial part of our social history. The local picture theatre was the place for entertainment, socialising, courting and being kept informed through the all important newsreels. Wayne Brittenden has brought the era brilliantly back to life - the theatres, managers, audiences, censors, films and the unsung heroes of picture going - the projectionists.
Wayne Brittenden is a New Zealand journalist who has worked overseas for most of his career. A former National Radio correspondent in Tokyo, he later worked for the BBC and now works as an independent documentary maker, based in London. He has done extensive research in New Zealand for this book.