New Zealand is renowned for being the home of nearly 40 million sheep, and over the past 25 years there have been numerous TV programmes about sheep farmers and rural life. But until now a documentary has never really looked at sheep as part of New Zealand’s identity and culture. Sheep have attracted the attention of artists, comedians, writers, filmmakers, songwriters, poets and tourists … and GODZONE SHEEP is a fond look at sheep … and humans.
Included in the programme are brief excerpts from filmmakers Peter Jackson (Bad Taste) and Costa Botes (“Lamb of God”) artist Dick Frizzell (“Cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb”) musician Chris Know (‘Sheep’ by Toy Love), sculptor Michael Parekowhai (“Lamentations”) columnist Colin Hogg, and playwright David Geary (“The Learner’s Stand”).
The documentary includes a tribute to New Zealand’s celebrity shearer, the late Godfrey Bowen, and an excerpt from the long-running series A Dog’s Show, whose commentator John Gordon suggests the show was a mixtures of “pathos and black comedy”.
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Producer: John Harris
Network exec: Tom Finlayson
Director: Seth Keen
Researchers: Anne Bailey, Scott Young, Seth Keen
Editor: Steve Mountjoy
Offline Editor: Peter Roberts
Production manager: Mandy Harris
Production assistant: Erina Tamepo
Runner: Lee Madigan
DOP: Nic Finlayson
Camera: Barrington West, John Ramsay, Craig Wright
Sound: John Cathcart, Barrie Lay
Stills: Simon Young
Music Engineer: Elmer Reitsma
Production accountant: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TVNZ & NZ On Air