But is it art?

Behind the scenes

Strolling bobbies, mini skirts and Morris Minors, plus a zippy Ron Goodwin soundtrack – 1960s Christchurch comes back to life.


Recently added to our modest film archive collection Christchurch Traffic Development is a short film made in 1966 by Peter Noonan while undertaking post graduate Moving Image studies at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.

It's a bit like a down home version of the newsreel documentaries that used to show in the 1960s before a movie main feature – even down to narrator Leonard Trindall's clipped BBC tone. There's really not much happening beyond the story of projected traffic flows, but the visuals are interesting whether or not you knew the place way back then. It takes you back...