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There is a Place

Short Film (Full Length) – 1975

There is a Place is one of many Kiwi tourism films that Hugh Macdonald (This is New Zealand) made for the National Film Unit. After the Ministry of Foreign Affairs proved unhappy with the original version, the director was forced to remove “all parts of the film that offend the sensitivities of Foreign Affairs.” Macdonald ended up cutting it in half, removing "anything that reflects badly on the country". The end result is a quick stroll through New Zealand’s four main cities, and a brief look at everything the locals hold dear: rugby football, agriculture, public bars, and pottery.

In a world where space and time are becoming ephemeral memories, there is a place where they still exist. Ask any New Zealander, and he will affirm that his is surely the best of all possible worlds.
– Narrator Dougal Stevenson

Key Cast & Crew

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Hugh Macdonald

Director, Writer, Editor

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David H Fowler

Producer

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Tony Baker

Music Director

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Dougal Stevenson

Narrator

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Kit Rollings

Sound

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Murray Creed

Camera