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Weekly Review No. 97 - Coal from Westland Short Film (Full Length) – 1943 Documentary

Weekly Review No. 97 - Coal from Westland

Short Film (Full Length) – 1943 Documentary

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This classic wartime newsreel profiles the coal mining towns of Westland. It compares the town of Rūnanga, where mining has brought prosperity and a strong community life, with Denniston, which is set in rocky, inhospitable land high up a West Coast mountainside. Its tone is patriotic: “Here then are the men who feed New Zealand with the raw material of industrial prosperity ... They work in the darkness of the mines, buried away from the fresh splendours of the air above them.” The Weekly Reviews were screened in cinemas 1942 - 1950.

Key Cast & Crew

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Sydney Brookes

Director

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Stanhope Andrews

Producer