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Lindsay Shelton: Film seller supreme…

Lindsay Shelton: Film seller supreme…

Interviews - 2013

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Lindsay Shelton's career testifies to his love of communicating, and his love of film. After working in newspapers he began a decade programming the Wellington Film Festival, while working in television news. In 1979 he joined the New Zealand Film Commission: over the next 22 years he was an enthusiastic promoter and salesman for New Zealand film around the globe. 

In this ScreenTalk, Shelton talks about:

  • Getting pulled into the new medium of television, from a globetrotting newspaper career
  • Campaigning to sell films for the New Zealand Film Commission
  • The golden days of Kiwi movies first breaking into overseas markets: Goodbye Pork Pie, then selling Sleeping Dogs and Smash Palace to the United States
  • How the world was discovering New Zealand as a hothouse of new and exciting talent
  • Shelton's long held belief that the best way to promote New Zealand films is by country rather than genre
  • How without the NZ Film Commission there would be no local film industry
  • The 'wonderful' but stressful story of how Shelton persuaded Jane Campion to turn An Angel at My Table into a movie
  • Stunned reactions to the first international screening of Once Were Warriors, at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

Interview and editing by Ian Pryor. Camera by Alex Backhouse.