The focus of this short film is a memorial service on Seatoun Beach, five years after the sinking of interisland ferry Wahine on 10 April 1968. More than 50 people died when the ship keeled over just inside Wellington Harbour, after hitting a reef during a ferocious cyclone. The ferry had been in service just 20 months. National Film Unit director Sam Pillsbury uses archive footage of the sinking, along with reconstructions and recreations of radio reports. The memorial service itself was recreated for the film. There are also images the attempted salvage operation.
Richard Long — not to be confused with the ex newspaper editor, or the cinematographer — read the news on TVNZ's primetime bulletin for almost 20 years. After co-anchoring TV One's 6pm news with Philip Sherry, Long began a 16 year run co-presenting alongside Judy Bailey (apart from a brief period where he moved to weekends). Having started as a reporter, Long presented live broadcasts during the 1990 Aramoana shootings.