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Dustie Short Film (Full Length) – 1971 Documentary

Dustie

Short Film (Full Length) – 1971 Documentary

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This NFU documentary looks at working lives of a crew of Wellington rubbish collectors aka 'the dusties'. With an insightful dustie narrating, the film follows the team on their rounds, beginning early morning with the seagulls at the depot. Then it's into the trucks and off to face occupational hazards: irate householders, sodden winter sacks, and notoriously steep hills. Our dustie muses on everything from health benefits and job perks (discarded beer, money and toasters!) to cleanliness. This classic observational film ends with a tribute folk song.

 

You don’t need no Phd to know that when the work is done that’s when you’re free ... on the dust-cart
– From a folk song paying tribute to the dustie

Availability

For requests to re-use this title, contact Archives New Zealand.

Rights

Licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution 3.0 New Zealand - CC BY 3.0 NZ

Music

Dustie tribute song by Roger McVeagh