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A Fated Ship

Television (Full Length) – 1981

This documentary looks at the construction of a replica of the HMS Bounty, in Whangerei. The ship was commissioned to be built for a David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) film of the famous mutiny. Fidelity to the original is paramount, except the 20th Century edition has a steel hull. Construction of the boat carries on regardless of uncertain fortunes of the film, as producer Dino De Laurentiis and David Lean part ways. The Lean film was ultimately unmade after financing faltered, but the boat went on to star in Kiwi director Roger Donaldson's film of the story.

We’re only ship builders, not filmmakers pal
– A representative of the Whangerei Engineering Company to a rep from the Dino De Laurentiis Corporation

Key Cast & Crew

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Wayne Tourell

Director

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Derek Wright

Producer

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Bill Saunders

Writer, Narrator

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Mike Rathbone

Assistant camera

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Kerry Coe

Sound

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Judy Rymer

Editor

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