Five days in the Red Zone
This one-hour programme follows the Police Rural Drink Drive Team from Alexandra, called into Christchurch City after the earthquake on the Feb 22 where they find themselves guardians of a desolate world of destruction and tragedy. Camerawoman Pip Walls captured a unique view of the ‘broken world’ the quake left behind. Five Days in the Red Zone was co-produced by Cass Avery and Samantha Blackley, and screened on TVONE on Wednesday 25 May, 2011.
Sergeant Bruce Martin and two of his Constables; Patrick Greaney and Mark Wellstead are at the centre of this story of the team’s five-day deployment in Christchurch’s red zone. What emerges is a unique view into the disaster – of the new population of the of Christchurch’s central city; rescue crews, emergency services and military. They occupy a broken world that once belonged to the thousands who worked and lived in the central city. These rural officers hoped they would be saving lives and rescuing people but what they discover is an eerie place full of strangeness, sadness, bizarre moments and the challenge of dealing with the dead, not the living.
Five Days in the Red Zone was a finalist for Best Editing (Geoff Conway) Factual/Documentary Afta Awards 2011.
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Year of screening: 2011
Producers: Cass Avery and Sam Blackley
Thanks to: The Alexandra Rural Drink Drive Squad
Head of production: Andrea Lamb
Network exec: Jude Callen
Field director/camera: Pip Walls
Post director: Cass Avery
Editor: Geoff Conway
On line editor: Peter Barrett
Production manager: Laura Peters
Production coordinator: Elea Huston
Audio post: Images & Sounds
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Production accountant: Hina Dalwadi
Funded by: New Zealand On Air & TVNZ