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New Country - New People

Short Film (Full Length) – 1978

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This 1978 National Film Unit documentary provides a potted history of 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 future winemaker 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, around the time of his breakout acting role in Sleeping Dogs (1977). 

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

Key Cast & Crew

Judy Rymer

Editor

Kell Fowler

Camera

Sam Neill

Director

Tom Williamson

Producer

Paul Roy

Camera Assistant

Don Reynolds

Sound