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Voiceover

Short Film (Full Length) – 1996

Actor Miranda Harcourt directs an ode to her broadcaster father Peter in this short documentary. The film emerges from vocal chords (via an endoscope) and uses the tools of her father’s trade as a starting point for a free-ranging meditation on repression, shell shock and family ghosts. Peter’s wartime job involved vetting messages home from the troops to check that the soldier hadn’t been killed. Post-war, Peter was dumb-struck for a year, at a time when people didn’t “talk about their deeper feelings”. Voiceover won Best Short at the 1997 NZ Film and TV Awards.

You didn’t talk about your deeper feelings in those days. You kept them very much to yourself.
– An interviewee, from the film

Key Cast & Crew

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Miranda Harcourt

Writer, Director

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Stuart McKenzie

Writer, Producer

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Phil Burchell

Cinematographer

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Nicole Cosgrove

Production Design

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Peter Harcourt

Subject

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Eric de Beus

Editor