NZ On Screen

Another NZ film/moving image resource is NZ On Screen. Although when I try to load it, my work PC is begging me to “PLEASE update flash player…it will also be useful for other sites!” Hmm, I love it when my software takes a begging tone…last week in Auckland I saw it in all it’s glory at the National Digital Forum.

Funded by NZ On Air, the site contains profiles of NZ creatives, background information on the making of items, photos and full length streaming video of some NZ TV shows and movies. The “watch” list isn’t very full at the moment, but there are some real gems on there – McPhail and Gadsby, Shelly and Miles go flatting and It’s in the bag! With continued funding, the selection of items will hopefully grow rapidly and start to become a entertainment and educational resource for our customers.

If you are wondering about the overlap between the Film Archive and NZonscreen, you are not the only one. The Film Archive has the ability to stream more items more easily, due to it’s government sanction to surpass some copyright restrictions, the archive also has home movies and ads. Why aren’t these two organisations working together? Good question, meanwhile, check out both sites if there is a particular part of NZ media history you want to relive.

4 thoughts on “NZ On Screen

  1. brenda December 4, 2008 / 8:21 pm

    I’d like to reassure you that NZ On Screen is updated almost daily with new titles and profiles. The watch list at the moment has about 270 titles – but we had to start somewhere!

    I’d also like to note that we do work with the Film Archive. A lot of the material on NZ On Screen has been sourced from and digitised by the Film Archive.

  2. Lisa January 3, 2009 / 12:58 am

    Hi Brenda,
    So what is the point of difference between the film archive site and NZ on screen? Why were the two sites developed independently?

  3. Brenda January 13, 2009 / 12:34 am

    The NZ On Screen site brings together content from a range of sources – the Film Archive, TVNZ Archives, Archives NZ, as well as from private collections and sources.

    Our independence and singularity of purpose allows us to collate this material into a curated collection that reflects our screen culture and presents it in a clear, free medium for everyone to see.

    NZ On Air, for their own reasons, elected to have this project run as a separate entity (The NZ On Screen Trust) whose sole purpose is to develop and maintain the website.

  4. Lisa January 13, 2009 / 1:18 am

    Thanks for the explanation!

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