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Mount Cook Short Film (Full Length) – 1951 Travel Nature Documentary

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After bad weather curtailed an ambitious film about Mount Aspiring in 1949, Brian Brake returned to the Southern Alps the following year to shoot Mount Cook — the first NFU film to feature Brake's mountain imagery in glorious blue and white colour. The wait was worth it: the longtime mountain-lover coaxes a succession of breathtaking images of the cloud-piercing mountain — plus a rollicking snow fight scene. The plot, what there is of it, centres on some skiers wandering closer to Aoraki/Mt Cook to get a better look, then demonstrating the joys of descent. 

Key Cast & Crew

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Michael Hardwick

Editor, Writer

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Brian Brake

Camera

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Briton Chadwick

Narrator

It’s good to take it easy for a while, and just contemplate the timeless splendour of the mountains. You can really relax here, a thousand feet above worry level.
– Narrator