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Derek Wright

Camera, Director

Dropping in on the Americans at the South Pole for afternoon tea, having driven there by tractor, was one of the most unusual events of Derek Wright's career as a National Film Unit cameraman. In his 40 years with the NFU he filled many other roles, from laboratory assistant to producer: but it is for his filming in the Antarctic that he is particularly remembered.

The film unit provides the only full training in cine photography in New Zealand, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to take advantage of it. Derek Wright in The Dominion, 6 October 1956

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Beyond the Roaring Forties

1986, Producer - Short Film

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Dogstar

1986, Producer - Short Film

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The Top End of New Zealand

1986, Producer - Short Film

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Ski New Zealand

1983, Producer - Short Film

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Tour Magnifique

1982, Producer - Short Film

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A Fated Ship

1981, Producer - Television

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White Water Ride

1981, Director - Short Film

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Māori

1981, Producer - Short Film

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Come on to New Zealand

1980, Director, Producer - Short Film

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Royal Albatross

1980, Producer - Short Film

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Score

1980, Producer - Short Film

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Coal Valley

1979, Producer - Short Film

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Red Mole on the Road

1979, Producer - Film

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The Kauri

1978, Producer - Short Film

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The New Zealanders

1978, Producer - Short Film

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The Big Gull - Karoro

1978, Producer - Short Film

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Racing Rivers

1976, Director, Writer - Short Film

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The Years Back

1973, Writer, Editor, Director - Television

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The Years Back - 1, The Twentieth Century (Episode One)

1973, Writer, Director - Television

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The Years Back - 3, The Thirties (Episode Three)

1973, Director - Television

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The Years Back - 9, The Unquiet Ocean (Episode Nine)

1973, Writer, Director - Television

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The Years Back - 12, The Big Ice (Episode 12)

1973, Director, Editor, Researcher, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 13, The State of the Nation (Episode 13)

1973, Series Script, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 7, The Women's War (Episode Seven)

1973, Director, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 10, The Final Peace (Episode 10)

1973, Director, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 11, A Place in Asia (Episode 11)

1973, Director, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 2, The Twenties (Episode Two)

1973, Director, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 4, The New Decade (Episode Four)

1973, Director, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 5, The Desert (Episode Five)

1973, Director, Writer - Television

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

1973, Director, Writer - Television

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The Years Back - 8, Making Do (Episode Eight)

1973, Director, Writer - Television

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Atoll People

1970, Director - Short Film

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The Coronation of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga

1968, Director - Short Film

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The Glacier Climbers

1964, Camera - Short Film

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These New Zealanders - Motueka

1964, Camera - Television

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These New Zealanders - Taupō

1964, Camera - Television

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These New Zealanders

1964, Camera - Television

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These New Zealanders - Benmore

1964, Camera - Television

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These New Zealanders - Gore

1964, Camera - Television

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The Great Achievement

1958, Camera - Short Film

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Antarctic Crossing

1958, Camera - Film

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A Letter to the Teacher

1957, Camera - Short Film

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Antarctic Adventure

1957, Camera - Short Film

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Tasman Glacier - Polar Exercise

1956, Camera - Short Film

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The Treatment of Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand

1955, Camera - Film

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Royal Visit to the Kingdom of Tonga

1954, Camera - Short Film

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Pictorial Parade No. 8 - New Zealand Celebrates Coronation

1953, Camera - Short Film

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The Elysian Bus

1951, Assistant Camera - Short Film