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Tasman Glacier - Polar Exercise Short Film (Full Length) – 1956 Documentary

Tasman Glacier - Polar Exercise

Short Film (Full Length) – 1956 Documentary

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This National Film Unit documentary shows the NZ contingent training in the Aoraki Mount Cook area for their mission to Antarctica, as part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. On the Tasman Glacier, they practise polar survival techniques, huskies are put through their paces and an RNZAF ski plane dramatically flips before a blizzard blows in, and some classic Kiwi DIY repairs are required on the ice runway. Team leader Sir Edmund Hillary narrates in laconic style. Cameraman Derek Wright went on to chronicle Sir Ed’s famous tractor dash to the pole. 

Key Cast & Crew

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Derek Wright

Camera

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Oxley Hughan

Director

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Edmund Hillary

Writer - Commentary, Narrator, Camera

We'd look out of the window and see some good New Zealand mutton against some good New Zealand scenery ...
– Narrator Edmund Hillary on flying dog food up the glacier