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Television (Excerpts) – 1999

Barry Crump's iconic deer hunting yarn A Good Keen Man captured Kiwi imaginations. Published in 1960, it quickly sold 300,000 copies, and with Crump cast as an "ironic, laconic sort of super-bushman", made him a legendary literary figure. This excerpt from the award-winning documentary looks at Crump's upbringing and early success as a writer. The full 72-minute documentary covers everything from his fractured family relationships, violence, a life-changing incident on a bush camp, and discovering religion, to the ads for Toyota that reignited Crump's profile in the 80s.

An ability to speak freshly and vividly and without cliche ...
– A Good Keen Man editor Alexander Fry, on Crump's early literary talent

Key Cast & Crew

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Barry Crump


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Michelle Bracey


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Barry Jenkin


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Colin Hogg

Writer, Interviewer

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Eric De Beus


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Philippa Mossman


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