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Such a Stupid Way to Die Short Film – 1971 Documentary Educational

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This educational video was made by the NFU for the National Mountain Safety Council to promote awareness of bush safety. After a blackboard science lesson (check out a bearded Ray Henwood) things get interesting. A fictional trip into the bush turns into a Stubbies-clad 70s Kiwi version of the Blair Witch Project as we're told that one of the group will not survive the night, picked off by that fearsome killer: exposure. The message is serious, but the doom-laden tone induced titters in school classrooms and scout halls throughout NZ.

Key Cast & Crew

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David H Fowler

Producer

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Philip McDonald

Writer, Editor, Director

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John Hoyle

Camera

The New Zealand alpine bush is extraordinary, beautiful ... but every year some die here.
– From the narration

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Via Archives NZ YouTube under Creative Commons CC BY licence.

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Rights

Licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution 3.0 New Zealand - CC BY 3.0 NZ

Acknowledgements

Archives New Zealand copy reference W3606/1184
16mm motion picture film