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Farming in New Zealand

Short Film (Full Length) – 1952

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.

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

Key Cast & Crew

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Oxley Hughan

Director, Writer

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Bruce Weir

Narrator

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Bob Kingsbury

Editor, Writer

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Brian Brake

Camera