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1951 Television (Full Length) – 2001 Documentary Captioned

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In 1951, New Zealand temporarily became a police state. Civil liberties were curtailed, freedom of speech denied, and the Government used force against its own citizens. Featuring interviews with many who were involved, this film tells the story of the infamous lockout of waterside workers, and the nationwide strike which followed. 1951 won Best Documentary at the 2002 New Zealand Television Awards, and John Bates was named Best Documentary Director. 

I saw families broken up, I saw brother fighting brother, marriages breaking up, the whole thing was a very very bitter pill to swallow. And then to branded as an enemy of the country when only just a few years earlier they waved flags and called you a hero, was pretty difficult to take.
– Lyttelton Watersider Baden Norris

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Bates Productions

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Bates Productions

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air

Archival material contained within this programme was sourced from NZ Television Archive, NZ Film Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library, Oral History Centre, Sound Archive, NZ Herald, Otago Daily Times, Christchurch Press, Dick Scott Collection, National Film Unit Films and Archives New Zealand