During the 1970s and 1980s Wellington’s cityscape changed dramatically with the construction of the Thorndon motorway and the destruction of commercial buildings that were considered high earthquake risk. As a result of this mass demolition and the subsequent building boom, graveyards make way for motorways, and wood and stone for steel, glass and concrete. The new, digitally preserved documentary, Hometown Boomtown investigates and captures how Wellington changed, and includes interviews with those that promoted the changes and those that lamented the loss of heritage and local culture.
The ‘preservationists’ will have the city fall down around its ears when the earthquake comes and I won’t have that.
– Sir Michael Fowler
What seemed to be forgotten at the time was that their victims weren’t just buildings: they were places in people’s lives, almost friends … some of the best of them were the pubs: The Pier, The Barretts (bowled and cleared in 17 days); old identities: The Duke, The Princess, and The Empire.
– From the narration
The 50-minute feature documentary Hometown Boomtown will be preceded by short films of the Thorndon motorway development during the 1970s.
Total duration: 90 minutes.
For more information on Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision please visit their website – www.ngataonga.org.nz
Eventfinda Link : https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/hometown-boomtown/wellington
Event: Film Showcase
Venue: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Corner Taranaki and Ghuznee Street
Date & Time: Thursday 26th 7pm and Saturday 28th 4.30pm
Cost: $10 Full / $8 Concession
Host: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Contact: 04 384 7647