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Coming-of-Age Cinema in New Zealand
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Coming-of-Age Cinema in New Zealand: Genre, Gender and Adaptation

Alistair Fox


This book investigates the coming-of-age genre as a significant phenomenon in New Zealand’s national cinema, tracing its development from the 1970s to the present day. A preliminary chapter identifies the characteristics of the coming-of-age film as a genre, tracing its evolution and the influence of the French New Wave and European Art Cinema, and speculating on the role of the genre in the output of national cinemas. Through case studies of fifteen significant films, including The God Boy, Sleeping Dogs, The Scarecrow, Vigil, Mauri, An Angel at My Table, Heavenly Creatures, Once Were Warrior ... More

Keywords: New Zealand cinema, coming-of-age genre, adaptation, national identity, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474429443
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alistair Fox, author
University of Otago

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Part 1 The Coming-of-age Genre and National Cinema

Part 2 The New Zealand New Wave: 1976–89

Part 3 The Second Wave of the 1990S

Part 4 Preoccupations of the New Millennium

Part 5 Perspectives on Māori Culture Since 2010

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