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Such a Stupid Way to Die

Short Film (Full Length) – 1971

This educational video was made by the NFU for the National Mountain Safety Council to promote awareness of bush safety. After a blackboard science lesson (check out a bearded Ray Henwood) things get interesting. A fictional trip into the bush turns into a Stubbies-clad 70s Kiwi version of the Blair Witch Project as we're told that one of the group will not survive the night, picked off by that fearsome killer: exposure. The message is serious, but the doom-laden tone induced titters in school classrooms and scout halls throughout NZ.

The New Zealand alpine bush is extraordinary, beautiful ... but every year some die here.
– From the narration

Key Cast & Crew

David H Fowler


Philip McDonald

Writer, Editor, Director

John Hoyle


Dale Pomeroy


Wayne Smith


Ray Henwood


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