About the Author

MeMy name is Geoff Lealand (Associate Professor Geoff Lealand, if you insist!). Contact me at : lealand@waikato.ac.nz
Since 1992, I have taught in Screen and Media Studies (formerly Film & Television Studies) at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.  I teach, research and write about a range of media interests. Recent publications include Chapter 10 ”‘The Jackson Effect’: the late 1990s to 2005″ in Pivac, Stark & McDonald eds. New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History (Te Papa Press, July 2011), and ‘A Nation of Film-goers: Audiences, Exhibition and Distribution in New Zealand’ i n Aveyard & Moran eds (2013), Watching Film: New Perspectives on Movie-going, Exhibition and Reception (Intellect). I am also the New Zealand editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand (Intellect Books UK, 2010).  A second edition Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand 2 appeared in 2016.

I teach courses on World Cinema, media research, media education, and Television Studies–and write quite a bit about television, as in the co-authored text (with Helen Martin) It’s All Done With Mirrors: About Television (Dunmore Press, 2001).  You can check out another blogsite of mine, which is now stored as a subset of this website at www.historyoftvinnz.com.

I will be teaching until November 3 2017; thereafter taking voluntary redundancy (or ‘VR’ as Human Resources coyly call it) from the University of Waikato. Nevertheless, this site will continue for as long as it is useful. One of the best things which has happened recently is how this site has led to a making of a nifty documentary The Reel People of New Zealand (Nick Homler, 2017), which I co-produced.

This site is designed to share my interests and enthusiasms with a larger readership, rather than penning just another academic publication. In the past I have had some modest financial support from my faculty (School of Arts, University of Waikato). to help with visits to cinemas around New Zealand, but all the time and effort I put into this is my own. 
This is not a site devoted to nostalgia about “the good old days”, for I am more interested in the current state of film distribution and exhibition in New Zealand.  Nevertheless, it is worth recording that I grew up in the South Taranaki town of Hawera, where my earliest encounters with film happened at one of the two local cinemas (both long gone):  The Regent (the classier joint, with ‘Cinemascope’) and the seedier Opera House.  Film-going remains very important to me and I get to see around 80-90 films a year, in places where they are meant to be seen ie the movie theatre.

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5 comments on “About the Author
  1. Hi Geoff

    Just updating you on what’s happening at our theatre lately. We have nearly finished the restoration and have a number of photos on our new website and facebook page. If you like I can email you photos if you send your email address. Was hoping to be completely finished before Christmas but the painters need to finish before the new seats, carpet and curtains go in. Keep 11th February free as we hope to have our opening party then, please include Nick as well.


    regards Debbie Campbell

  2. Geoff says:

    Greetings, Dario. I think I havevcome across your research before. Happy to share anything you would like to use.

  3. Dear Geoff

    Read a recent blog by you on active/passive audiences with regards to television audiences and the use of social media. Though you might be interested in a research project I am developing on a similar theme but with regards to cinema and using twitter. It has bee taking place at University College Falmouth in the UK.

    Have a look at our website. I’d like to reference some of your research on there if that’s ok by you.




  4. Geoff Lealand says:

    Thanks, Sarah. I certainly haven’t forgotten about you and we will be your way again before long (my sister-in-law has a holiday home in Collingwood, which we visit as often as we can. I will contact you ahead of a visit and, in the meantime, put location details on the site.

  5. Sarah Kay says:

    Hi Geoff,
    Good work so far! It’s a shame that the Village Theatre in Takaka was closed when you came by. Often during the day it is closed, but I am actually here. Next time you come, please let me know in advance, so that you can be sure to gain access.
    In the meantime, is it possible to get our details on to your site, & an entry on the map?

    PS. the website box above won’t accept mine: http://www.villagetheatre.org.nz

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