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Joe Citizen: Waikato Moving Image

Posted On 12 December 2008

Joe Citizen

Waikato Moving Image Trust
You’ve met Hollywood and Bollywood – now meet Hamil-wood.

Hamilton film maker Joe Citizen is a man with a mission – to introduce New Zealand to Hamil-wood, New Zealand’s great unsung film melting pot – by means of a national tour.

Mr Citizen is so passionate about Hamilton film (and Hamilton art generally) that he fronted up to six of the town’s business leaders acting as judges on a small TV show called ‘Show Me The Money’ to pitch his idea of showcasing Hamilton film, and ask them for money.

Hang on a minute – Hamilton film?

“When people think of Hamilton they think of rugby, V8’s, and maybe milking machines. What they’re missing is a huge cultural renaissance happening right under your nose,” says Mr Citizen.

The judges were impressed. They gave him the prize money of $12,000. Thus was born the compilation of short Hamilton films collectively entitled ‘It Came From the Swamp’, and a new national tour of the collection which will take in places as well known as the National Film Archive in Wellington, and as obscure as Granity on the West Coast of the South Island.

“The tour will be slightly mad,” says Mr Citizen.

“We’re packing a PA system, a screen and projector into the back of a campervan and playing pretty much anywhere that will take us. I’m going to be giving out my mobile phone number and if we’re passing through a town and someone – anyone – calls me up to ask for a showing and if we’ve got time we’ll rock into town and roll tape.”

It’s not all chaos though. There are a number of pre-scheduled dates as well.

The seven films have all been shot locally in the Hamilton area, and last an average of ten minutes each. Look out New Zealand, you’re about to get take on a place once voted our second most boring town, after Levin.

For Details, Contact:

Joe Citizen

Chairperson, Waikato Moving Image Trust

Ph: 021 225 3465