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Hunchin' Down the Track

Television (Full Length) – 1980

Rodeo thrills and spills — Kiwi style — are on display in this documentary following two cowboys travelling the circuit in a 1950s Chrysler. They compete in events in Fairlie, Rerewhakaaitu and Warkworth, and encounter American and Australian stars along the way. Broncos, calves and bulls are ridden, wrestled or roped; but pride of place goes to spectacular shots of them using rodeo skills to capture deer by helicopter. A parade, the 'Cowboy's Prayer' and fearless rodeo clowns also feature. Legendary commercials maker Geoff Dixon (founder of company Silverscreen) directs.

You’ve got to want to ride bareback horses to do it – either that or be nuts. One of the two...
– From the documentary

Produced by


Produced by Gibson Film Productions in association with Silverscreen Productions, and with assistance from the NZ Film Commission, the National Film Unit and Television New Zealand


Music composed and produced by Dave Fraser and Dale Wrightson

Opening Music by Groove. Title song sung by Al Johnson, courtesy of Mojo

'On the Town' composed by Dave Fraser and Dale Wrightson, sung by Dennis O'Brien