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Shearing Technique Short Film (Full Length) – 1958 Sport Documentary Educational

Shearing Technique

Short Film (Full Length) – 1958 Sport Documentary Educational

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In the 40s and 50s sheep shearers Godfrey and Ivan Bowen developed the 'Bowen Technique', an innovative method involving rhythmical sweeps of the handpiece. The legendary Godfrey was described in The Guardian as having arms that “flow with the grace of a Nureyev shaping up to an arabesque”. Here he runs through the 'blows' (strokes) designed to achieve "maximum speed, quality work with a minimum of physical effort". Shearing Technique was originally produced in 1956; this shorter cut screened in NZ theatres in 1958 with UK coming of age film High Tide at Noon.

Key Cast & Crew

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Ron Bowie

Director

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Paul Ricketts

Narrator

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Godfrey Bowen

Narrator, Subject

"[Wool is] so important to New Zealand's posterity ... and to the warmth of the world!”
– From the narration