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Loading Docs 2015 - Kusuda

Web (Full Length) – 2015

This 2015 Loading Doc looks at a Japanese winemaker running a vineyard in New Zealand. Amber Easby and Henry Oliver’s short film explores the triumphs and travails of Hiro Kusuda’s search for terroir in the Marlborough soil, framed around the threat that Cyclone Pam poses to his grape harvest. “Everything is so fragile,” reflects Kusuda. Kusuda left a career as a lawyer and diplomat to study viticulture in Germany, before moving to New Zealand in 2001. Kusuda screened at the 2015 NZ International Film Festival, and was shared by the Japan Times and wine websites.

Stress, a certain degree of stress, is always positive ... maybe to human beings as well.
– Winemaker Hiro Kusuda

Key Cast & Crew

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Henry Oliver

Co-Director, Co-Producer

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Amber Easby

Co-Director, Co-Producer

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Andrew Stroud


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Shane Taipari

Sound Design / Mix

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Andrew Dalziel

Sound Recordist

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Joel Anscombe-Smith

Sound Recordist

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