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Aspiring Television (Excerpts) – 2006 Documentary

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This documentary revisits six eventful weeks in 1949. Led by cameraman Brian Brake, an all-star art team  James K Baxter as scriptwriter, composer Douglas Lilburn and painter John Drawbridge (all under 30; Drawbridge was 19)  attempt to make a 'cinematic poem' about an ascent of Mt Aspiring. Baxter's notes on the trip evolved into his poem In the Matukituki Valley. Aspiring features a lost script, Drawbridge's memories (he recalls storyboards for a snow cave light show here) and a surprise ending. View footage of the never-completed film after the excerpt.

...John Drawbridge was the sole surviving member of the original shoot. He travelled back to the Matukituki Valley with the film crew, revisited the Aspiring Hut, reliving his earlier experience "of both confinement and liberation away from society ... and being together as a group for what seemed like a long time".
– Gregory O'Brien on the new Aspiring documentary, 3 June 2006