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Survey - The Day We Landed on The Most Perfect Planet In the Universe

Television (Full Length) – 1971

“A film developed from the imagination of New Zealand children” is how director Tony Williams describes this remarkable, sprawling mix of drama and documentary. It features a fictitious teacher (writer Michael Heath) working with a class of 11-year-olds from Petone to explore what freedom means to them. At times their notions might seem naive but the film remains firmly non-judgmental. The free-wheeling approach, most memorable in the Paekakariki beach fantasy scenes, makes for a “wonderfully idiosyncratic” (film historian Roger Horrocks) hymn to juvenile freedom.

Kids really think about freedom because wherever they are, they’re always locked up.
– Narrator

Produced by

Pacific Films

Acknowledgements

Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata

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