Seeing Red

  • Cecil Holmes featured in the film Seeing Red
  • New Zealand Communist Party featured in the film Seeing Red
  • Stolen letter featured in the film Seeing Red
  • National Film Unit featured in the film Seeing Red
  • Camera crew featured in the film Seeing Red
  • Soup kitchen in the 1930s featured in the film Seeing Red
  • Reenactment of filmmakers featured in the film Seeing Red
  • Reenactment of filmmaker's desk featured in the film Seeing Red
  • The Coaster poem featured in the film Seeing Red
  • Evening Post article featured in the film Seeing Red
  • Griersons in New Zealand featured in the film Seeing Red

About This Project

Cecil Holmes was a young talented New Zealander, born in Palmerston North who became caught up in our country’s own “red scare”. Having seen service – he had had a “good war” – Holmes returned to Wellington, his eyes opened about the world. A film enthusiast, he worked at the newly formed National Film Unit, established to provide news on the war efforts, abroad and at home, and to document the post-war recovery. But Holmes, a man of the Left, baulked at the tight controls exercised by the Labour Government and made works with a strong editorial favour. A union member that belonged to the Communist Party, Holmes was targeted in an anti-Communist sweep that attempted to blame extremists for widespread industrial unrest. Using reenactments, interview and archive, Seeing Red depicts New Zealand’s own mid-century anti-Communist witch-hunt carried out as our national film industry began to emerge.

 

 

Producer

James Wallace

Director

Annie Goldson

Director of Photography

Simon Raby

Editor

Chris Plummer

Awards

New Zealand Documentary Fellowship

Festivals

Sydney International Film Festival 1995
SPADA Conference 1995
Commonwealth & the Cold War Conference 1995

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Completed