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Wayleggo

Short Film (Full Length) – 1965

This 1965 National Film Unit classic follows the working life of a young musterer, on a 145,000 acre South Island merino sheep station. He hands over his swag and gets to work (after he’s been mocked for bringing an electric blanket). He begins in the summer: training dogs and breaking in a horse. In the autumn it’s the muster: wrangling 10,000 sheep from the tops, across rivers and down to the yards before winter snow. Peter Newton’s 1947 musterer memoir, Wayleggo, was a local bestseller, and the film bolsters the book’s Kiwi mountain man mythology. 

One man has to go right over the top. He had a two hour climb this morning, but once he’s up there his work is almost over. He can have a blow and bark his dogs, and all the sheep will take off.
– From the narration

Key Cast & Crew

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Bob Kingsbury

Director, Writer

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Oxley Hughan

Producer

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Geoffrey Scott

Producer

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Murray Wood

Narrator

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Oswald Cheesman

Composer

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Kenneth Rolls

Editor

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