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The Black Stilt

Television (Full Length) – 1983

This film tells the story of the world’s rarest wading bird, the black stilt (kakī). With its precise beak and long pink legs the stilt is superbly adapted to the stony braided riverbeads of the McKenzie Country, but it is tragically unable to deal with new threats (rats, ferrets, habitat loss). An early doco for TVNZ’s Natural History Unit, the magnificently filmed drama of the stilt’s struggle for survival makes it “stand out as a classic of its genre” (Russell Campbell). It won the Gold Award at New York’s International Film & TV Festival (1984).

Key Cast & Crew

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Rod Morris

Director, Producer

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Hal Smith

Writer

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Donald Hope Evans

Narrator

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Merv Aitchison

Sound

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Ray Pierce

Scientific Advisor

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Swami Hansa

Camera