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A Hawke’s Bay woman was selected to present a
research paper to an international audience at the
Trondheim PowerTech conference in Norway
Unisons Network Investment Specialist, Thahi-
rah Jalal, was the only candidate chosen from
New Zealand and one of only 300 selected across
the globe to present at the conference, organised
by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Her paper investigated the impact of the market
structure and generation mix on the available
electricity supply during future dry hydro years in
Unison Group chief executive Ken Sutherland
says the team at Unison has supported Ms Jalal in
her research and is thrilled that her paper was one
of the selected submissions.
Oldest Hitchcock film gem found
Hitchcock’s first film: A still from The White Shadow, considered to be
master film-maker Alfred Hitchcock’s first credit, the only copy of which has
been found at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington among the
collection of nitrate films of Hastings projectionist Jack Murtagh. Betty
Compson played twins – one good, one bad – in the film. Alfred Hitchcock
was just 24 when he wrote, edited, designed and assistant-directed the
1923 silent film The White Shadow, adapted from the book Children of
Chance by Michael Morton.
Avid collector: Hastings man Tony Osborne and a photo of his grandfather
Jack Murtagh, who had a passion for early cinema.
A large part of famed director
surviving feature film has been
uncovered – in the vaults of the
New Zealand Film Archive.
The first three of the six reels of
The White Shadow, made in 1923,
have turned up in a cache of
unidentified American nitrate
prints safeguarded for the last 23
years by the archive. The other
three reels have not been found.
No other copy of the movie is
known to exist.
Hitchcock’s best known movies
include Psycho, Rear Window,
Vertigo and The Birds.
The White Shadow is a ‘‘wild,
atmospheric melodrama’’ starring
Betty Compson in dual roles as
twin sisters, one angelic and the
other ‘‘without a soul’’. The film
was made when Hitchcock was
just 24 years old. He died in 1980,
aged 80, after more than five
decades of film-making.
The White Shadow was among
the many silent-era movies
salvaged by Hastings projectionist
and collector Jack Murtagh. After
his death in 1989, his grandson,
Tony Osborne, sent the highly
flammable nitrate prints to the
Film Archive for safekeeping.
The surviving reels will be pres-
erved at Park Road Post Pro-
duction in Wellington. Black and
white duplicate negatives will be
struck from the original nitrate
material and colour prints made
that will replicate the tints used
in the original print.
Other treasures uncovered
include John Ford’s Upstream,
which had its New Zeland re-
premiere earlier this year at Cin-
ema Gold in Havelock North. Both
films have survived only because
of Murtagh’s passion for early cin-
Osborne said his grandfather
was an avid collector of many
things, including films, stamps
and coins. He had a large collec-
tion of cigarette cards that people
from all over the world would
come to see.
David Sterritt, chairman of the
US-based National Society of Film
Critics and author of The Films of
Alfred Hitchcock, said the film’s
discovery was a significant devel-
opment for scholars, critics and
admirers of Hitchcock’s extraord-
inary body of work.
Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger says the recent
massacre in Norway was a reminder of what could
happen when cultural diversity was not cele-
Mr Bolger was speaking at the launch in Wel-
lington of the 2012 New Zealander of the Year
‘‘The aim of the awards is to acknowledge out-
standing individuals and groups who make con-
tributions to the positive future of our New Zea-
land,’’ said Mr Bolger, the awards patron.
The 2012 nominations close on October 14 with
winners announced in February in five categories
New Zealander of the Year, Senior New Zea-
lander of the Year (for people 60 and over), Young
New Zealander of the Year (for people aged from
15 to 30), Community of the Year and National
Hero (drawn from Local Hero nominations). In
addition, 250 local hero medals will be awarded.
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