Great South Road

Great South Road is a major arterial route leading out of Auckland City, New Zealand. The road weaves through volcanic cones, industrial centres and a multitude of suburbs into the rural landscape of the Waikato region beyond.

This short film (about a long road) explores the urban fabric of the territory which is defined by generic utilitarian structures and a postmodern vernacular that includes single storey houses; car yards; brightly coloured, corrugated steel clad buildings and hand painted signage. But more than anything else, the lives of the people encountered along the way are shaped by a rich mix of local and international Asian Pacific communities.

  • David Cowlard
  • David Cowlard
    Sound Recording
  • David Cowlard
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Video essay, travel, urban
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Auckland Festival of Photography
    Artstation, Auckland
    May 14, 2014
Director Biography - David Cowlard

David Cowlard is a photographer, filmmaker and field recordist. His current work and research is centred on a documentary based interest in urban living and includes an ongoing exploration into how moving image and recorded sound can influence a critical engagement with architecture and the built environment.

He teaches photography, video and intermedia at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland, New Zealand and is also a professional teaching fellow at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning.

He can be found on various digital platforms as @photourbanist

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