The city of Christchurch has appeared in feature films infrequently. Philip Matthews uses those appearances as a way in to understanding the current — earthquake-devastated — state of the place:
How will we remember these places that have gone or are going? Photos and museum records, memories, references in literature (Kate De Goldi on Radio NZ some weeks back, in an emotional discussion of her city in fiction and poetry) and maybe in film too. What can cinema show us of the lost city?[From second sight: Lost city: Christchurch on film]
Lovely writing, and important.