The Camera in the Crowd: Filming New Zealand in Peace and War, 1895-1920
Filming and cinema quickly won the hearts of New Zealand from the mid-1890s, yet the story of the cameramen and the film they took here and in the First World War has never been fully captured. The Camera in the Crowd does that in style, bringing to fruition years of original research and archival work by esteemed historian Christopher Pugsley. This authoritative work, told with Pugsleys brilliant and engaging style, features over 350 photos and illustrations many of them precisely linked to early filming. It tells the fascinating story of early film and filmmakers, deploying links to websites where film can be seen, and featuring a still image on each page than can be flipping pages in the manner of old-style flip books. Beautifully written, designed and printed, this is a major publication.
Christopher Pugsley is one of New Zealand's leading military historians. A retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the New Zealand Army, he was a lecturer in military studies in New Zealand and Australia, and retired in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Recent works include a new edition of The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War, and A Bloody Road Home: World War Two and New Zealand's Heroic Second Division. He is historical director of the 'Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War' exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, which is attracting huge crowds.