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Four for the Clouds

Short Film (Full Length) – 1964

Taking viewers on a tour of the Volcanic Plateau in the central North Island, this aerial jaunt is enough to make anyone want to take to the skies. After taking off from Rotorua, the award-winning NFU short treats us to soaring shots of the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, Ruapehu, and 'The Frying Pan', the world's largest hot lake. As well as the impressive scenery, the voiceover (supposedly by the pilot) offers up a brief history of the geysers and fumaroles littering the plateau, and a mention of how the Waikato River has been interrupted by "that necessary monster: progress".

You know, I once bet a widely travelled American that I could show him more variety in an hour than he could find anywhere. Of course I won, but then I only bet on sure things.
– Narrator Peter Gwynne

Key Cast & Crew

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Brian Cross

Camera

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Peter Gwynne

Narrator

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Mike Ryan

Writer, Director

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Geoffrey Scott

Producer

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Oxley Hughan

Producer

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Val Federoff

Sound

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