Richard Swainson, owner of the remarkable Auteur House in Hamilton, talks about his life in film, and about his establishment as one of the few remaining DVD stores in New Zealand (Note: Richard was my first PhD student at the University of Waikato, so we have a long acquaintance) https://www.stuff.co.nz/.../you-auteur-know-living-the-dream-in-one-of-the- last-dvd-stores-still-standing
In the latest of John Bluck's Smart Talk contributions to RadioNZ, he offers his thoughts and experiences about film and film-going in New Zealand--as a very personal perspective on how moviegoing in New Zealand reflects our character, history and preoccupations.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/smart_talk/audio/...luck-explores-a-life-long-love-of-the-movies-in-new-zealand or https://tinyurl.com/y4s5dy5o
Follow the link below to an excellent, double-page feature about the remarkable Regent 5-screen cinema in the Waikato town of Te Awamutu (from the Waikato Times, 4 September 2020). At the centre of the article is owner Allan Webb, who describes the history of the Regent and the problems it is currently facing. I add a few comments.
Geoff Lealand was an Assoc Prof in Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato from 1992 to 2017. Now retired (not a word he favours), he writes social history, maintains this site, its Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as going to the cinema at least twice weekly.