Tragedy and heroism on NZ’s coastline. Presented by Paul Gittins.  Best Information Programme, 2000 Qantas Awards.

Paul Gittins uncovers remarkable tales of danger, courage, and calamity on New Zealand shores.  These are compelling sagas from our past – personal stories of settlers, travelers, sailors and traders – people whose lives were changed forever in one moment of peril at sea.  Through documentary footage, dramatic flashbacks, interviews, computer graphics and archive photographs, Shipwreck offers a glimpse of our vibrant maritime history and a snapshot of the lives our grandparents and great grandparents.

“It’s the personal stories of the passengers and view that I find fascinating.  Against an epic background, a ship breaking up on a reef or foundering in a storm, we tell the tales of those caught up in the moment – the heroic passenger, the unlucky midshipman, or the courageous harbourmaster.”

“The story of sixteen survivors adrift on a raft, the search for treasure scattered on the bottom of the sea, and saga of a handful of castaways wrecked on a desert island, the mystery of a ship that disappeared ….these are some of the stories that Shipwreck will tell, stories from our often treacherous coastline”,   Tony Manson, producer.



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Production Details

Producer: Tony Manson

Exec producer: John Harris

Director: Paul Gittins

Network exec:  Geoff Steven

Assist director: Kim Willis

Researchers: Peter Bell, Vivienne Jeffs

Research consultant: Wade Doak

Historical advisor: Dr Gavin McLean

Archivist & casting:  Claudette Martin

Consultant genealogist: Margaret Turner

Writers: John Milligan, Kim Gunter

Editors:  Glen Molesworth, Hamish Hill

Production manager: Philippa Hall

Production coordinator: Denene Marten

DOP: Mike O’Connor

Camera assist: Jed Wardley

Underwater camera: Murray Milne, Peter Thompson

Art director: Phil Gregory

Presenter: Paul Gittins

Production accountant: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: New Zealand on Air and TVNZ