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Sense of Place: Robin Morrison, Photographer

Television (Full Length) – 1993

Director John Bates' 1993 documentary examines the life and work of photographer Robin Morrison, who captured iconic images of everyday New Zealand life and landscape. Part biography, part travelogue, the film goes on the road with Morrison to revisit some of his best-loved locations. Stunningly shot by Stuart Dryburgh (The Piano) before Morrison died on 12 March 1993, Sense of Place won Best Documentary at the 1994 New Zealand Film and Television awards, and a certificate of merit at the 37th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Of all the docos I've made I'd have to say that's still my favourite. I think it's just a combination of a really good director, Robin [Morrison] being really articulate, the fact it was shot on film, and the music...all of those things came together.
– Editor Bryan Shaw on Sense of Place, in a March 2015 ScreenTalk interview for NZ On Screen

Key Cast & Crew

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John Bates

Director, Producer

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Greg Johnson (musician)


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Terry King

Sound Recordist

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Tom Ludvigson


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Chris Burt


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Karen Bates

Script Editor

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Produced by

Bates Productions


Bates Productions


Made with funding from NZ On Air 


Soundtrack composed by Tom Ludvigson and Greg Johnson, performed by Ludvigson, Johnson and Steve Harrop
Originally released in 1993 as Blues for Robin – Music from a Sense of Place (Ode Records). Re-released on Pagan Records 
Music from Patu clips by Diatribe