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  1. The first of two parts of this promotional film.

  2. The second of two parts of this promotional film.

  3. The credits from this promotional film.


This short documentary about freestyle skiing was directed for the NZ Tourist and Publicity Department by Sam Neill (who would shortly achieve fame as an actor). This was one of several docos directed by Neill while at the National Film Unit; other subjects included the Red Mole theatre troupe and architect Ian Athfield. The skiers put on daring displays of their 'art' in locations including Mount Hutt, Queenstown and Tongariro National Park. 70s snow-styles (and beards) abound. The film was translated into French, Japanese, Italian, German and Spanish.

Credits (10)

 Sam Neill
 Tom Williamson
 Bayly Watson

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Man we have a lot to thank snowboarding for, don't think I have seen anything gayer... ever

 gary bigham

gary bigham

Hey they spelled my name wrong! What a great time that was in NZ 1976,,, I'm still living in Chamonix and skiing all winter, If any of you are passing through look me up,,,, ski ya later Gary Bigham



The American is my buddy Gary Bigham.

He's from Detroit originally. Monroc, Chamonix Valley is is home nowadays.

 jonathan hedges

jonathan hedges

brill - can't believe it was 20 years ago that I worked at hutt - look at it 13 years earlier - no new skool one turn heros could ski crud like that

Benson (mount hutt 1990-93)



Loved this film. This must be the film that gave them the idea to film Hot Tub Time Machine. I remember watching skiers of this caliber in the 70's and thinking what they are really good. What a difference in the caliber of good skiing then, verus now, 2010.


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1978 Les Diablerets International Festival of Alpine Films (Switzerland)
Prix de la Commune