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The Party's Over

Television (Full Length) – 1992

Christopher Columbus sailed 15,000 miles to find the new world: "500 years later, it turned up on the doorstep." This documentary chronicles New Zealand's hit contribution to Expo '92, held on the Seville island where Columbus apparently planned his voyages. Amidst the celebrations, come culture clashes. Reporter Marcia Russell argues that ultimately Expo is about creating consumers and brand awareness, by selling New Zealad as sophisticated, exotic, proud, and culturally mature. It is also a chance to persuade the masses that Aotearoa is actually south.

Key Cast & Crew

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Tom Finlayson

Director, Producer

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Marcia Russell

Writer, Narrator

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Christine Munro


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John Cathcart


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Leighton Clapham


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Ian Fraser


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Produced by

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Images Ink


Made with funding from NZ On Air


Music by Wayne Laird. Features performances by Te Waka Maori and Kiri Te Kanawa - the latter composed by Don McGlashan and Wayne Laird, with a libretto by Allen Curnow


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