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Farming in New Zealand Short Film (Full Length) – 1952 Documentary

Farming in New Zealand

Short Film (Full Length) – 1952 Documentary

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A pocket survey of the diversity of Kiwi farming circa 1952, this film serves as a booster’s reminder that thanks to self-reliance and research, New Zealand ranks as “one of the world’s great farming countries”. Cameraman Brian Brake captures arresting high contrast imagery: cattle move in silhouette against the sky; dust-caked fertiliser trucks emerge from clouds of lime; shirtless WWII veterans load silage onto harvesters. Meanwhile an upbeat, nationalistic voiceover pays homage to the holy trinity of good pasture, stock and climate.

Key Cast & Crew

Oxley Hughan

Director, Writer

Bruce Weir

Narrator

Bob Kingsbury

Editor, Writer

There are two million dairy cows in the country, one for every New Zealander.
– Narrator