Marcus King, South Westland, New Zealand
Screenprint, Tourist Department
The 1940 centennial film, One Hundred Crowded Years, that documented the story of New Zealand’s progress, was conceived with a storyline taken from Hollywood movies about the ‘taming of the West.’ Director, R W Fenton chose a popular cowboy film, Wells Fargo, as the model for the pioneering period. Marcus King’s South Westland, New Zealand is equally cinematic, locating the farmer against a panoramic landscape that could have been taken from any of a number of Westerns from the 1950s. It touches upon a relationship between humanity and the land that alludes to a history of settlement and the country’s development for generations to come.