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Field Punishment No. 1

Television (Trailer and Excerpts) – 2014

This telefeature follows the gruelling journey of Archibald Baxter (Fraser Brown), a pacifist who defied conscription and chose not to fight in World War l on moral grounds. The Otago farmer (father of poet James K Baxter) was one of 14 Kiwi 'conchies' who were shipped to the front in Europe. In this excerpt, Baxter meets an old friend while tied to a post in freezing conditions. The drama continues a run of  Lippy Pictures telemovies adapted from true events (Tangiwai, Until Proven Innocent). Nominated for a Moa for Best Television Feature, it won a Silver Scroll Award for Victoria Kelly's orchestral score. 

When I was only semen in a gland / Or less than that, my father hung / From a torture post at Mud Farm / Because he would not kill.
– The poet James K Baxter, writing about his father's experience

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