My name is Geoff Lealand (Associate Professor Geoff Lealand, if you insist!). Contact me at : email@example.com
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 will appear in early 2015.
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.
This site is designed to share my interests and enthusiasms with a larger readership ’out there’, 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.