Aspiring is the real tale of forgotten silver - a lost film, a lost script and a life-changing expedition by some of NZ's greatest creative minds.

The documentary imagines six stormy weeks in 1949 when four Kiwis creators travelled the  roads round Lake Wanaka and into the fabled Matukituki Valley to make a highly creative film about a climb of Mt. Aspiring.

The team was headed by celebrated cameraman Brian Brake (then only 22), and included a young James K Baxter (23) as a scriptwriter. Other team-members were composer Douglas Lilburn (34) and painter John Drawbridge (19).
Producer: Gary Scott
Narrator: John Bach
Idea: Gregory O’brien
Writer: Gregory O’brien
Director: Yvonne Mackay


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