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Less documentary than visual essay, Out of the Mist relies heavily on its narration by Kiwi author Eleanor Catton. The language employed is more flowery and verbose than your high school final, however, giving the commentary a particularly subjective – and opinionated – tone.
Although intriguing to those with an interest in film, Out of the Mist will be a tough slog for those who are not. It excellently highlights lesser-known New Zealand films, splicing together a montage of different scenes under different headings to give an interesting glimpse of our national filmography, and whetting the appetite for classic Kiwi cinema.
Out of the Mist is a good introduction to New Zealand cinema for those wanting to get beyond Lord of the Rings but not knowing where to start.