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New Zealand is Ready Short Film (Full Length) – 1941 Documentary War

New Zealand is Ready

Short Film (Full Length) – 1941 Documentary War

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"New Zealand is ready" is the message in this early propaganda film made by the National Film Unit. It follows Japan's entry into World War II in December 1941. Until then the war had been a largely remote experience for many New Zealanders. Now our own soil was threatened. Using robust language and delivery, along with pictures of New Zealand defence forces in live-fire exercises, the film seeks to reassure while warning against overconfidence. New Zealand's remoteness is presented as a plus for defence and there's a subtext of self-reliance.

Key Cast & Crew

Sydney Brookes

Writer

Bob Pollard

Narrator

Cyril Morton

Editor

From the north across these peaceful waters comes a shadow: Japan.
– Narrator