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Sale of a Nation

Television (Full Length) – 1991

As part of the radical 80s neoliberal reform of the public and corporate sector in New Zealand, many government-run assets were turned into state owned enterprises; some were sold off to foreign buyers. Screening on TV3, this 1991 film, written by Metro columnist Bruce Jesson, examines the controversial programme by asking “who owns this country and who controls it?”. Those answering range from businesspeople to politicians, academics, journalists, vox pops and critics of the ‘cashing-in’, from the Hamilton Jet family to UK environmentalist Teddy Goldsmith.

Who owns this country and who controls it?
– The documentary's provoking question

Key Cast & Crew

Ian John

Director, Executive Producer

Warren Sellers

Producer

Bruce Jesson

Writer

Hugh Rennie

Subject

Lloyd Canham

Sound Mix

George Balani

Narrator

Produced by

Nimrod Films