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Racing Rivers

Short Film (Full Length) – 1976

It was a Kiwi that invented the jet-boat, so it is probably unsurprising that at the time of this film’s production New Zealand teams had won Mexico's Rio Balsas Marathon three times. Directed by Derek Wright, the award-winning NFU doco showcases what was then the longest jet-boat race yet staged: a five-day 1000km race across NZ, with the locals putting their trophy on the line. The race hits the rapids and — despite the odd tree stump — speeds past scenery on six rivers (from the Whanganui to the Waimakariri), Lake Brunner, and through the surf to Sumner Beach.

The Grey [River] is a challenge, a complex latticework of leads, which have a habit of dying out unexpectedly.
– From the narration

Key Cast & Crew

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Derek Wright

Director, Writer

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Tom Williamson

Producer

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Judy Rymer

Editor

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Dianne Twiss

Sound

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Brian Shennan

Sound

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Grant Foster

Camera

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