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  1. Part one of two from this full length National Film Unit documentary.

  2. Part two of two from this full length National Film Unit documentary.

Synopsis

Shot by photographer Brian Brake as a NFU tourism promo, Snows of Aorangi surveys New Zealand's mountain landscapes. Brake captures stunning imagery: ethereal ice forests, lightning storms, volcanic craters, glaciers, avalanches, kea. Three skiers are mesmerising as they scythe downhill from Almer Hut: "for a little while they've given themselves to the rhythm of sky and earth" runs the James K Baxter-scripted narration. It was the first NZ film to compete for an Oscar, nominated in the Best Short Subject (Live Action) category in 1959.

Background

A Perspective by Paul Stanley Ward 20.03.2009

Brian Brake is internationally known for his work as a stills photographer, but in the early 1950s, after training with Spencer Digby (a well known Wellington photographic studio), Brake, just into ...

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Credits (8)

 Brian Brake
 Geoffrey Scott
 Cyril Morton

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 D Liechti

D Liechti

My father (Rolf Liechti) also worked on this movie he was carrying camera gear and supplies.

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 Snow
 National Film Unit Collection
 Brian Brake at the NFU

Awards

1959 Academy Awards
Nominated for Best Short Subject (Live Action)

1954 Brussels International Tourist Film Festival
First equal