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Survey: The Day We Landed on The Most Perfect Planet In the Universe Television – 1971 Documentary

Survey: The Day We Landed on The Most Perfect Planet In the Universe

Television – 1971 Documentary

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“A film developed from the imagination of New Zealand children” is how director Tony Williams describes this remarkable, sprawling mix of drama and documentary. It features a fictitious teacher (writer Michael Heath) working with a class of 11-year-olds from Petone to explore what freedom means to them. At times their notions might seem naive but the film remains firmly non-judgmental. The free-wheeling approach, most memorable in the Paekakariki beach fantasy scenes, makes for a “wonderfully idiosyncratic” (film historian Roger Horrocks) hymn to juvenile freedom.

Kids really think about freedom because wherever they are, they’re always locked up.
- Narrator

Produced by

Pacific Films

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The copyright for this title is held by Pacific Film Productions Ltd.