The Sealhunters (1973)


This short black and white NFU ‘drama’ follows three young people on a road trip from Wellington. The trio are meant to be finding a seal colony, but in this early film from director Paul Maunder (Sons for the Return Home), the journey is the destination. The rambling adventure along the coast past Wainuiomata sees the trio discussing paua ashtrays, waning youth, marriage, the state of New Zealand television, and life in general. 

Director: Paul Maunder.
Writer: Paul Maunder.
Stars: John Anderson, Denise Maunder, Patricia Birdling.
Cinematographer: John Phillpotts.
Composer: Tony Backhouse.


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