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Shearing Technique

Short Film (Full Length) – 1958

In the 1940s and 50s sheep shearers Godfrey and Ivan Bowen developed the 'Bowen Technique', an innovative method involving rhythmical sweeps of the handpiece. The Guardian described Godrey 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 New Zealand theatres in 1958 with English coming of age film High Tide at Noon.

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

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

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Don Oakley

Camera

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