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Somebody Else's Horizon

Short Film (Full Length) – 1976

Made for the 75th anniversary of the Tourist and Publicity Department, this National Film Unit short film surveys New Zealand tourism: from shifts in transport and accommodation, to how Aotearoa is marketed. The "romantic outpost of Empire" seen in 1930s promotional films gives way to a more relaxed, even saucy pitch, emphasising an uncrowded, fun destination. Middle-earth is not yet on the horizon; instead Wind in the Willows provides literary inspiration. Directed by Hugh Macdonald (This is New Zealand), it screened alongside Bugsy Malone and won a Belgian tourist festival award.

I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it — the film actually portrays our magnificent tourist assets as fun.
– Evening Post review of the film, by Diana Dekker

Key Cast & Crew

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Bernard Kearns

Narrator

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Kit Rollings

Sound

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Hugh Macdonald

Director, Writer, Editor

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Tom Williamson

Producer

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Hendrik Prins

Rostrum Camera

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Roy Lantz

Film Research

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