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Paul Maunder (born 8 February 1945) is a film director, playwright and "cultural activist" from New Zealandmarker. He is best known for his 1979 film of the Albert Wendt novel Sons For the Return Home, and his 1983 play Hemi, about the life of James K. Baxter.

Biography

Maunder was born in Palmerston Northmarker and attended Palmerston North Boys High Schoolmarker. He studied at Victoria University of Wellingtonmarker, the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and the London Film Schoolmarker.

Returning to New Zealand, Maunder worked for the state-owned National Film Unit. In addition to directing a number of the documentaries the unit was best known for, he directed three drama productions which were screened on television: Gone up North for a While, One Of Those People That Live In The World and Landfall (the film debut of Sam Neill).

In 1971, Maunder formed Amamus theatre troupe in Wellington, staging protest plays.

He played one first-class cricket match for Central Districts in the 1961-62 season.

Paul Maunder currently lives in the small town of Blackballmarker on the West Coast.

Filmography

Plays

Most of Maunder's plays are on subjects related to politics, class, activism or the history of the labour movement.

  • Hemi (1983) - Depot Theatre, Wellington.
  • State of Play (full length - no date or production listed)
  • Ngati Pakeha (1-act, 1983) - Depot Theatre, Wellington
  • 51 (full length, year unknown) - documentary on the 1951 New Zealand waterfront dispute
  • Desire in a New Age (full length, year unknown)
  • Prophets from the Margins (2002)
  • Death (and Love) in Gaza (2006) - BATS Theatre, Wellington.
  • Big End (2007) - no known production yet.


References

  1. PBHS Website
  2. 1992 Playmarket Directory Appendix 1
  3. Big Smoke - Auckland University Press
  4. Cricinfo.com
  5. Cinema of Unease
  6. nz immigration new zealand shopping at art-newzealand.com
  7. 1992 Playmarket Directory p61
  8. 1992 Playmarket Directory p61
  9. 1992 Playmarket Directory p120
  10. Playmarket: Buy NZ books and NZ plays online - Order a Script
  11. Playmarket: Buy NZ books and NZ plays online - Order a Script
  12. Victoria University
  13. Theatreview
  14. Court Theatre readings



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