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Inside Story: The Wahine Disaster Television (Excerpts) – 2008 Documentary

Inside Story: The Wahine Disaster

Television (Excerpts) – 2008 Documentary

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Made in 2008, this documentary chronicles the Wahine disaster, from the ship leaving Lyttelton to the last survivor being pulled out of the water. Interviewees share their experiences — some make it ashore in life rafts at Seatoun, others are washed up on the “battlefield” of the Pencarrow coast. The Wahine’s crew offer insight into the conditions the ship was sailing in, and of their gradual realisation that it couldn’t be saved. The TV One programme also features animated scenes of the ill-fated journey, which mimic the black and white news footage of the disaster unfolding.

Key Cast & Crew

David Lomas

Producer, Researcher

Peter Elliott

Narrator

Jill Graham

Director, Producer

She was a very nice ship but the boys reckoned she was actually jinxed because there were things, like the steam lines used to blow out on a regular basis and that shouldn't have happened on a ship that new.
– Phil Bennett, Engineer