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Champions - New Zealand Winners

Television (Full Length) – 2008

In the summer of 2007-2008 freelance photographer Jessie Casson and her family embarked on a road trip around New Zealand in a classic caravan (which threatened to fall apart along the way), to compile a book and accompanying documentary on some of our less-celebrated champions. Among them are gumboot throwers, an A&P show baker, naked Nelson cyclists, a shepherd, a singer, a family of champion woodchoppers, a Cromwell cherry spitter, Hokitika coal shovellers and lamb shearing record holder Emily Welch, who sheared 642 lambs in nine hours.

Key Cast & Crew

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Jessie Casson

Producer, Director, Camera

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Mike Viskovich


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Ken Burns

Executive Producer

Produced by

J C Productions


Made with funding from NZ On Air