Coverage of a major event in the history of the NZ music industry — the pressing of Ruru Karaitiana’s timeless classic ‘Blue Smoke’ — is the highlight of this NFU newsreel. It was the first recording of a local composition performed by local musicians to be manufactured in NZ (in a very exact and highly labour intensive exercise involving men in white coats). The country’s biggest airlift of sheep, sharp shooting army cadets, high flying painters redecorating a Wellington church and heavy machinery being moved across Auckland by barge also feature.
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Short Film, 1951 (Full Length)
'Blue Smoke' features in this short film
Short Film, 2001 (Full Length)
'Blue Smoke' is on the soundtrack to this short
Television, 1978 (Full Length)
The NZ recording industry three decades later
Television, 1975 (Excerpts)
More recording industry behind-the-scenes action
Short Film, 2005 (Full Length)
Recording music in the 21st century