As a war correspondent filming the New Zealand forces in Italy and the Middle East, Ron McIntyre played a key role in supplying the raw material for the early films of the National Film Unit. After nearly four years overseas, he returned home and tried his hand at independent filmmaking. McIntyre spent just over seven years with the NFU as a cameraman and director, and also worked briefly for Pacific Films.

I suppose if there's any value at all in war film, it might be to finally convince people of the utter stupidity of the whole thing. Ron McIntyre, during an interview for episode five of 1973 TV series The Years Back
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The Years Back - 5, The Desert (Episode Five)

1973, Subject - Television

In this episode of the The Years Back presenter Bernard Kearns explores New Zealand's part in the famous campaign against Rommel in the Libyan Desert. Using rare footage of the action and contemporary post-battle reconstructions, the episode follows the New Zealand 2nd Division in the lead up to the battle of El Alamein and pursuit of the German Afrika Korps, and victory under the guidance of legendary British commander Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. A notable moment is Kiwi Sergeant Keith Elliott being presented with his VC for his deeds at Ruweisat Ridge.

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The Years Back - 6, The Italian Campaign (Episode Six)

1973, Subject - Television

In this The Years Back episode Bernard Kearns charts New Zealand's 6th Brigade and Maori Battalion as they fight their way through Italy between 1943 and 1945. Reaching Monte Cassino in 1944, the force suffered 1600 casualties in 12 weeks of bitter fighting. Using NFU pictures, the documentary traces the advance north after Cassino falls, and includes the bloodless capture of Padua and the setting up of the New Zealand Forces Club in the best hotel in Venice. The documentary ends with Kiwi forces facing down Tito's Yugoslav partisans in Trieste.

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Family Tree

1958, Camera - Short Film

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Meat for Millions

1958, Camera - Short Film

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Passport to Pleasure

1958, Director - Short Film

One of the last films shot by longtime cameraman Bert Bridgman before his death, this 1958 promotional film follows an American tourist with a licence to fish in New Zealand, her “passport to pleasure”. Narrated by Pulitzer-Prize winning writer and conservationist Louis Bromfield, the film quotes liberally from English 'father of fishing' Izaak Walton, as the “gal from the States” is given fly fishing instruction. The life cycle of trout is shown, and the film — directed by onetime war correspondent Ron McIntyre — ends with a contest of wits between wily angler and trout. 

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A Letter to the Teacher

1957, Camera - Short Film

Pioneering woman director Kathleen O’Brien looks at NZ Correspondence School education in this 25-minute National Film Unit short. Lessons are sent from the school’s Wellington base to far-flung outposts, for farm kids and sick kids, prisoners and immigrants, from Nuie to Northland. Letters, radio and an annual ‘residential college’ at Massey connect students and teachers. In a newspaper report of the time, O’Brien remembering being stranded at Cape Brett lighthouse “for four days without a toothbrush and wearing only the clothes she stood up in”.

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In Good Hands

1957, Camera - Short Film

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Royal New Zealand Journey

1954, Camera - Short Film

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A Friendly Career

1953, Camera - Short Film

A Friendly Career (or The Story of the Training and Life of the New Zealand School Dental Nurse) was a promotional film made by the National Film Unit for the Department of Health. The plot waltzes through the idyll of one doe-eyed careerist's sugar-coated journey to a respectable job in the 'murder house', caring for the teeth of the Dominion's children. Focusing on the hard work and 50s fun times of hostel life, with its friendships, matrons, tooth-pulling and en masse doing-of-the-hokey pokey, the end of this careerist road is pitched as one of great satisfaction.

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The Cook Islands

1952, Camera - Short Film

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Gateway to New Zealand

1952, Camera - Short Film

“Only 40 hours by air from San Francisco and six from Sydney, Auckland New Zealand is on your doorstep.” In 1952, NZ tourism was also a long way from a core contributor to the national economy. A flying boat and passenger ship deposits visitors in the “Queen among cities” for this National Film Unit survey of Kiwi attractions. The potted tour takes in yachting, the beach, postwar housing shortage, school patrols, dam building and the War Memorial Museum, before getting out of town into dairy, racing and thermal wonderlands, where “you can meet some of our Māori people”.

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Weekly Review No. 435 - Beginners Please

1950, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 434 - Golden Bay

1949, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 411 - Maraetai

1949, Director, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 401

1949, Camera - Short Film

This Weekly Review features a speedboat and hydroplane regatta in Evans Bay in a stiff northerly as boats capsize in the choppy seas; the inter-provincial rowing eights on a flat-as-a-millpond Petone foreshore on the other side of Wellington Harbour in which Auckland's West End wins; and the reopening of the National Art Gallery by the Prime Minister Peter Fraser after eight years' occupation by the Air Force. The £40K national collection (mainly portraits and landscapes) is unpacked and reframed, and a Frances Hodgkins painting examined. 

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Weekly Review No. 135 - Winter Front

1946, Camera - Short Film

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Bos Murphy - Vic. Patrick Fight

1946, Camera - Short Film

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Meet the Dairy Farmer

1946, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 177

1945, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 100

1943, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 114

1943, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 115

1943, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 121

1943, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 98

1943, Camera - Short Film

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Weekly Review No. 99

1943, Camera

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Middle East Mail

1942, Camera - Short Film

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Return to the Attack

1942, Camera - Short Film

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Return from Crete

1941, Camera - Short Film

This early National Film Unit newsreel traces the aftermath of the World War II Battle for Crete. It shows the arrival in Egypt of defeated New Zealand soldiers after their evacuation. However more than 2000 New Zealanders were left behind and captured by the Germans. The film also features Lieutenant Winton Ryan, whose platoon acted as bodyguard to Greece's King George II — they accompanied him during his flight across Cretan mountain passes to safety. For the people back home Prime Minister Peter Fraser puts an optimistic gloss on a comprehensive defeat.

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One Hundred Crowded Years

1941, Camera - Film

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H.M.S. Leander in the Middle East

1941, Camera - Short Film

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New Zealanders in the Middle East

1941, Camera - Short Film

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Shipboard

1941, Camera - Short Film

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The Prime Minister in the Middle East

1941, Camera - Short Film

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The Royal Mail

1940, Camera - Short Film

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The Passing of the Forest

1939, Camera - Short Film

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Clover, The Nitrate Factory of the Farm

1939, Camera - Short Film

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New Zealand Marches On

1938, Camera - Short Film