My name is Geoff Lealand (Associate Professor Geoff Lealand, if you insist!). Contact me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.