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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, on moral grounds, not to fight in World War I. The Otago farmer (father of poet James K), was one of 14 Kiwi 'conchies' who were jailed and shipped to the front in Europe. In this excerpt Baxter meets an old friend while tied to a post in freezing conditions. The film continues a run of TV movies by company Lippy Features 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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