Directed by Hugh Macdonald, This is New Zealand was made to promote the country at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. An ambitious concept saw iconic NZ imagery — panoramas, nature, Māori culture, sport, industry — projected on three adjacent screens that together comprised one giant widescreen. A rousing orchestral score (Sibelius's Karelia Suite) backed the images. Two million people saw it in Osaka, and over 350,000 New Zealanders saw on its homecoming theatrical release. It was remastered by Park Road Post in 2007. This excerpt is the first three minutes of the film.
Buy on DVD here. (Includes 'making of' doco That Was New Zealand and an interactive version of This is New Zealand.)
Soundtrack includes sections from the 'Karelia Suite' composed by Jean Sibelius, conducted by John Barbirolli and performed by Manchester's Halle Orchestra.
Also includes tracks by Acme Sausage Company, The Avengers, and Hamilton County Bluegrass Band.