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Five Days in the Red Zone

Television (Excerpts) – 2011

On the evening after the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011, Alexandra’s three person rural drink-drive squad was sent to the city to assist rescue efforts. They were accompanied by field director Pip Wallis, who had been filming them for TV2 series Highway Cops. Hers was the only media camera allowed behind the cordon in the devastated central city Red Zone during those first few days. This documentary intersperses news coverage with her footage as the Central Otago police confront unimagined destruction, ongoing aftershocks and the human face of the tragedy. 

They were straightforward, no frills people hurled into a crisis, reacting to it in a very human way.
– Jane Clifton, Dominion Post review, 27 May 2011

Key Cast & Crew

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Cass Avery

Producer, Post-Production Director

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Geoff Conway


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Pip Wallis

Field Director, Camera

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Samantha Blackley


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Matt Aickin

Sound Mix

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Produced by

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Greenstone TV


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Greenstone TV