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  1. Full length Weekly Review newsreel.

Synopsis

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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 Chris Bourke

Chris Bourke

Thanks - great to see the complete newsreel. More details on the recording session here: http://bluesmokebook.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/class-of-49/
and on the newsreel here:
http://bluesmokebook.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/i-spy/

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Quotes

Is that the building shaking or is it our cameraman? 
This new industry will conserve overseas funds and, by bringing their work before the public, will provide much needed encouragement to local composers and performers.