Bill Gosden

Director, New Zealand International Film Festival

New Zealand

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Beau Travail


Claire Denis

Brighter Summer Day, A


Edward Yang

Man with a Movie Camera


Dziga Vertov

McCabe and Mrs Miller


Robert Altman



Andrei Tarkovsky

My Neighbour Totoro


Miyazaki Hayao

North by Northwest


Alfred Hitchcock

Pajama Game, The


George Abbott/Stanley Donen

Sherlock Jr


Buster Keaton



Claude Lanzmann


As I enter my 59th winter, my list represents nothing more expert than a survey of some personal beacons. If I were invited to name my greatest filmmakers, the list might make my path look quite different (farewell Bob Fosse, hello Hou Hsiao-hsien.) These are ten of the films that left me feeling decidedly more experienced after our first encounter and have continued to excite me in substantially different ways on return visits. The Pajama Game (an ignominious 6.9 on is the only survivor from boyhood, when it was actually the much baggier Americana of The Music Man (7.6) that turned my little Kiwi head. The Altman – the least formally considered of my ten, but in its raggedness just as fully realised as any of them – was first met at 17. I loved it right off, but at the time it was The Last Picture Show that struck me as overwhelmingly adult and important. So it goes. It was never just about the movie.

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