February 17, 2012

"Daffodils bloom gay and golden" etc

Within the excellent selection of Christchurch-oriented films and TV clips put online by NZ On Screen in advance of the first anniversary of the February 22 quake, there is this 60-year-old short Christchurch: Garden City of New Zealand, a city council promo -- a city of flowers, rivers, parks, schools, sports; a city "where even factories have gardens". This of course was the film sent up viciously by Peter Jackson in the opening minutes of Heavenly Creatures: a sleepy, tranquil, pseudo-English backwater violently disrupted, with that ridiculously crisp Home Counties voice-over interrupted by girls screaming ...