Erebus Operation Overdue
If you hear a pin drop in any screening of this, I'd be terribly surprised. This doco has rightly swept the board - it's a powerful reminder of what excellent drama and careful research and interviewing can do to an audience.
It transfixed audiences and won Best New Zealand Feature, Best Directing, Best Editing and Best Cinematography at the festival.
This important and absorbing watch helps us comprehend - and says a long-overdue thank you.
It's the interviews with four police officers who carried the burden of the experience on their own which hit home.
There were also awards for directors, editing and cinematography – and no wonder
What this docudrama did so harrowingly well was to look at how it felt to be one of the people who had to go in and tidy up.
The doco about the police team sent to recover the bodies from the Erebus crash was a hellish story told hellishly well.
The best local programme of this and many other years, this seamless mix of interviews and re-enactments has a powerful moment. Actually, it has many.
It was extraordinarily good TV....extraordinarily powerful and evocative.
It was a film so well made and so real it probably still haunts anyone who saw it.
This film is a unique window into that slice of history and the human spirit it revealed. 5/5 stars.