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The Sealhunters

Short Film (Full Length) – 1973

This short black and white NFU 'drama' follows three young people on a road trip from Wellington. The trio are meant to be finding a seal colony, but in this early film from director Paul Maunder (Sons for the Return Home), the journey is the destination. The rambling adventure along the coast past Wainuiomata sees the trio discussing paua ashtrays, waning youth, marriage, the state of New Zealand television, and life in general. Future TV director John Anderson (road movie Mark ll) plays the husband, and Sam Neill edits. The music is by Tony Backhouse (The Crocodiles).

This is a simple story, nothing unusual. We met, I offered to take them for a drive, to the beach to renew an old acquaintance…
– 'The Girl' (Denise Maunder) in the opening narration

Key Cast & Crew

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Paul Maunder

Director, Writer

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Denise Maunder

As: Girl

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John Anderson

As: Husband

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Patricia Birdling

As: Wife

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Sam Neill


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John Phillpotts


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