Walking the book
Fragments of the Great South Road from Public Films on Vimeo.
My feet are feeling apprehensive. Next Sunday Paul Janman and I are driving to the Puniu River, on the border of the King Country, and beginning a walk up the Great South Road to Auckland that should take us ten days and cover two hundred kilometres. I'll be using the walk to try to finish my book about the road; Paul will be trying to progress his film.
Here's the press release we're sending out today:
The Great South Road has seldom been considered as more than a mere thoroughfare by most New Zealanders. Filmmaker Paul Janman and scholar and writer Scott Hamilton want to change that.
Between 6th and 16th of December, Hamilton and Janman will walk about two hundred kilometres from the edge of the King Country at the Puniu River up the Great South Road to Central Auckland. The Great South Road was built to bring a British army into the Maori Waikato Kingdom, and Scott and Paul want to confront some of the layers of myth and history that have settled on the route. They will show how the war for the Waikato still resonates in the twenty-first century, and how the Great South Road is still a route through which changes and conflicts flow.
Along the way the walkers will be joined by locals, historians and artists who will share stories of their lives and their local landscapes. The public can track and even join the walkers via an embedded google map and regular updates on facebook. Cinematographer Ian Powell will record and process additional analogue footage and film editor Corbin Beitelstein will make video updates of Scott and Paul's discoveries.
Funding for a book has already been pledged to Scott Hamilton for this project by Auckland's Mayor Len Brown. This trip will also give Hamilton an opportunity to finish his research and gather still images for the book.
Now I've got to try to wear in the pair of shoes I just bought.
[Posted by Scott Hamilton]