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How to Drown Short Film (Full Length) – 1951 Educational

How to Drown

Short Film (Full Length) – 1951 Educational

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In colonial times drowning was so rife it was known as 'the New Zealand death'. This jaunty 1951 educational film is an effort to rid our lakes, rivers and seas of the unfortunate tag through cunning reverse psychology, as swimmers, fishermen and skylarking lads learn "how to drown". It eschews the confrontational realism of many a later PSA for the light-hearted approach: mixing lessons on water safety with silent film-style tomfoolery, gallows humour and the odd bit of sexual innuendo. Features footage of surf lifesavers using the now-archaic rope and reel.

Key Cast & Crew

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John Hutchinson

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Geoffrey Brent

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John Morris

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A short treatise on the art of drowning which, if studied carefully, will explain exactly how to go about this operation.
– The title card to the film