The New Zealand Film Archive has a special exhibition of pet movies show from 14th February to 12th April here in Wellington. The Film Archive page points out one really important thing, film making used to be a more ‘considered’ activity, with no deleting or simple editing – so what you see really is a labour of love. The link announcing the show also has some vintage images of pets.
“For me, one of the most poignant films in this exhibition is nearly a hundred years old. In 1916 a young man and woman play with a cat and then pose with it. An older couple also pose, and then the gentleman walks towards the camera in full military uniform. There is so much humanity in this film – not only in the pet sequence – but in the frames and fragments surrounding it. It reminds me of the beauty of personal and family memories, and the importance of these moving images – things we should continue to hold onto and treasure.”
– By curator Gareth Watkins