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National Film Unit Weekly Review and Pictorial Parade


The National Film Unit’s ‘Weekly Review’ and ‘Pictorial Parade’ film series played at New Zealand cinemas each week from 1941 to 1971, and captured a wide variety of news and general interest stories, contributing to the cultural identity of mid-20th century New Zealand.

In a period before the advent of television, when film was one of the most important forms of popular culture in New Zealand, local involvement in film production was largely represented by the National Film Unit. The Unit was responsible for most of the footage that now documents these decades of New Zealand history. This was represented each week at movie theatres in the form of Weekly Reviews (1941-50) and Pictorial Parades (1952-71). These films played a vital part in informing New Zealanders’ view of the world and themselves over three decades. They are a familiar and memorable representation of New Zealand’s twentieth century history, societal changes, and relationship to the world.

Weekly Reviews, 1941-1950, 460 episodes
Pictorial Parade, 1952-1971, 231 episodes

Archive Location

A still from Pictorial Parade


Catalogue Record

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, Wellington


National Film Unit Collection


Pictorial Parade