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New Country - New People Short Film (Full Length) – 1978 Documentary

New Country - New People

Short Film (Full Length) – 1978 Documentary

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This 1978 National Film Unit documentary provides a potted history of non-British settler groups that came to New Zealand from Europe. Archive material and narration covers the colonials; then visits are paid to the German-descended Eggers, tobacco growers from Moutere, and newly arrived French bakers and Dutch dairy farmers. Aptly for a film directed by actor and vintner Sam Neill, the film drops in on an Italian play and the Babich family of Dalmatian winemakers. Neill worked at the NFU in his 20s, about the time of his breakout role in Sleeping Dogs (1977). 

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Sam Neill

Director

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Tom Williamson

Producer

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Paul Roy

Camera Assistant

New Zealand had promise and the rush from the great colonising powers of Europe was on.
– From the narration