Friday, October 28, 2005

Something to watch in Auckland

Russell Campbell and Alister Barry's film "Sedition: The Suppression of Dissent in WWII in NZ" will screen on Triangle Television on Sunday 20 November at 9.30PM. While it's a slight misnomer - WWII prosecutions (such as James Kellman's) were technically for subversion rather than sedition - they fall into our unfortunate tradition of using wartime hysteria to criminalise opposition to the government. The film goes beyond prosecutions to deal with the wider issue of the treatment of conscientious objectors, which while not as bad as the savagery meted out to WWI objectors like Archibald Baxter, is still something we as a nation should be ashamed of.

Joe Hendren has a review here.