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Beyond the Roaring Forties

Short Film (Full Length) – 1986

This documentary heads to the Southern Ocean to explore New Zealand’s subantarctic islands. The Antipodes, Bounty, Snares, Campbell and Auckland Island groups are remote outposts between Aotearoa and Antarctica, home to vital breeding grounds for millions of seabirds and marine mammals – from penguins to sea lions and albatrosses – plus unique plants like giant tree daisies. Director Conon Fraser also looks at human efforts to live there from whaling depots, to the short-lived Hardwick Settlement. The hour-long NFU film is narrated by Ray Henwood (TV's Gliding On).

Elephant seals are unable to walk on their flippers like fur seals or sea lions, but haul their rear flippers behind then, rippling forward like gargantuan slugs.
– Narrator Ray Henwood

Key Cast & Crew

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Ray Henwood

Narrator

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Conon Fraser

Director, Writer

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Derek Wright

Producer

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Phil Burton

Sound - Tracklaying

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Steve Upston

Sound Recordist

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Ann L. Horton

Consultant

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