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Weekly Review No. 374 - The Coaster Short Film (Full Length) – 1948 Documentary

Weekly Review No. 374 - The Coaster

Short Film (Full Length) – 1948 Documentary

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The coaster Breeze and her crew are immortalised in this much praised National Film Unit documentary. Poet Denis Glover and narrator Selwyn Toogood provide a rhythmic and lyrical commentary as the Breeze runs from Wellington to Lyttelton, then to Wanganui. Three weeks after the film's November 1948 release, director Cecil Holmes had his satchel snatched. He lost his NFU job after the resulting smear campaign accused him of communist leanings. Although reinstated after a court case, Holmes left for a successful screen career in Australia in 1949.

If ocean's hungry so are sailors too. There's comfort in a plate of Irish stew and all philosophy may lie in custard pudding or an apple pie.
– Narrator