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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.


On Making The Day We Landed on the Most Perfect Planet in the Universe by Tony Williams 12.11.2010

I collaborated with Michael Heath and playwright Robert Lord on this short film. We hooked up with a class of 11-year-old Petone children taught by Bob. I wanted to avoid attempts to analyse, rationalise or make judgements on the children we ...

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 Tony Williams
 John O'Shea
 Robert Lord

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 linda blincko

linda blincko

This is a beautiful and totally inspiring film. The freedom of expression this form of film making has allowed has facilitated some superb material. Wisdom comes in all shapes and ages! Would love to make use of this material in The Depot's Museum of the Vernacular as a tribute to the film maker/producer/writer and also as part of our ongoing exploration of the NZ vernacular.

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