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Reluctant Hero

Television (Full Length) – 2008

In 2007 Willie Apiata, of the NZ Army's elite SAS unit, was awarded the Victoria Cross for carrying a wounded soldier to safety while under fire in Afghanistan. This documentary had exclusive access to Corporal Apiata, from the moment he was told about the VC to his decision a few weeks later to gift the medal to the nation. The shy soldier struggles to deal with his sudden celebrity, and military bosses have to cope with the dual demand of handling media interest in the VC win while still keeping the work of the SAS relatively secret.

"a portrait of the archetypal Kiwi hero as we possibly won’t make them any more: modest, laconic and deeply private".
– Diana Wichtel in The Listener

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