February 10, 2000Home to Avalon
Jackson's WingNut Films bought the former National Film Unit
from Television New Zealand amid fears that the film industry would otherwise have lost
New Zealand's only full post-production film processing laboratory.
The unit is said to be New Zealand's and Australia's only
one-stop post-production lab offering a 16-millimetre and 35-millimetre laboratory, and
sound production. It is estimated to be worth between $1 million and $3 million.
Miss Clark said the industry still had untapped potential.
"I'm sure that in the future, as in the past, some form of government support and
facilitation is going to be needed," she said. "That's why we've said we want to
work with the Film Commission and other relevant players to investigate the establishment
of a film development fund to attract more investment into the industry." The fund
would help new filmmakers to go on to make more films with bigger budgets."
"The fund would . . . provide a bridge between
subsidised, low-budget first films and fully commercial productions."
The economic benefits of a strong film industry were obvious
but there were also cultural spinoffs in New Zealanders seeing their own stories on
screen, Miss Clark said.
The opening was attended by film and broadcasting industry
figures including the Lord Of The Rings production crew and producers of the television
series The Tribe.
The opening was held around a pool which has long been a
feature of the film unit's courtyard. The disused staff pool was cleaned up specially for