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  1. The first of two parts of this full length NFU film.

  2. The second of two parts of this full length NFU film.

  3. The credits from this NFU film.

Synopsis

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.

Background

A perspective by Paul Stanley Ward 18.01.2009

Watching Such a Stupid Way to Die awakened my memories of an 80s pre-school camp instructional video session. Knowing winks and nudges were exchanged in the darkened classroom when the hapless Thomas, suffering from hypothermia, is given ...

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Credits (7)

 Philip McDonald
 David H Fowler
 Wayne Smith

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Comments (9)

 Shaun Barnett

Shaun Barnett

A classic piece of Kiwi film-making; I remember seeing it at primary school in the mid-1970s, and it certainly stuck in my mind: jeans and alcohol were the bushcraft crimes that lead to death by hypothermia, a term I'd never heard before.

 Terry

Terry

I remember seeing this when I was in the Army years ago. It was given as an advisory piece before we went bush on an exercise. I found it a bit scary as did quite a few others of us gallant young part-time soldiers!

 Ed

Ed

Heh, I remember seeing this in intermediate school back in 1983 or thereabouts. Sounds like the music was swiped from the Beatles' "A Day in the Life".

 Shaun

Shaun

it would be interesting to watch this video here i found on the NFU's website, its dated 1955 and covers Bushcraft and mountain saftey
http://audiovisual.archives.govt.nz/wiki/index.php/SAFETY_IN_THE_MOUNTAINS_-_BUSHCRAFT

 tommy coogan

tommy coogan

I too saw this before 3rd form camp to TripleX hutt in the Ruahines.
I found the films opening statement with its music quite eerie.

Thomas Coogan
Palmerston North
I knew every year when a new class had just seen the vid.

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Quotes

The New Zealand alpine bush is extraordinary, beautiful ... but every year some die here. 
Hell that cloud seems to be moving in pretty fast. 
Oh no, it's the wrong bloody way. 
Because these five people are almost entirely ignorant of the dangers inherent in the mountains, Thomas Coogan will tomorrow night ... be dead!