Holiday In Cambodia

A summary video of last years holiday in Cambodia. Soundtrack of course by probably the most famous song about Cambodia- Dead Kennedys ironic and iconic “Holiday In Cambodia”. Might have to hit up Tourism Cambodia for this one…

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The Fleet

Kampot, Cambodia, Oct 2015:  Remember the infamous scene in Apocalypse Now when the Air Calvary play “Ride of the Valkyries” over helicopter mounted loud speakers during their assault on a Vietnamese village? Well this is my less explosive, amateur reference to it… Every evening this fishing fleet heads down the Prek Thom river, through Kampot city […]

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The Fort

A short film exploring a strategic century old fort in Wellington. Hopefully in the future the fort can be restored, so it can be enjoyed by everyone, not just taggers, street artists and the occasional urban explorer.

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South By Southwest

Wellington, New Zealand, March 2015:  Wellington’s wild Southwest coast by Landrover:  Ohiro Bay to Redrocks, through Devil’s Gate and onto Tongue Point and the leaning Karori Rock lighthouse… then back again…

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No Military Parade

In remembrance to all the lives lost, in the many tragic and pointless wars that have raged over the past 100 years. In particular World War 1- (or the Great War)- which began a century ago this year. Yesterday also marks Remembrance Day, the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. There are at least 40 ongoing conflicts happening around world at the moment- we haven’t learnt anything…

This is dedicated to Harry “Chippy” McNeish, although he did not go to war, he had his own wars and survivals to fight. He was the carpenter on Ernest Shackleton‘s doomed Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–1917, and responsible for much of the work that ensured the crew’s survival after their ship, the Endurance, was destroyed when it became trapped in pack ice. The soundtrack used on this video (by Leeds band “I Like Trains”), is ostensibly about Roald Amundsen– a competing Antarctic explorer. Born in 1875 in Scotland, McNeish died destitute in Wellington in 1930- his grave near the war cemetery virtually unmarked. In 2004 the site was tidied and a life size bronze sculpture of McNish’s beloved cat was placed on his grave. Mrs. Chippy, the cat McNish had brought on board, was shot after the loss of the Endurance, McNish apparently never forgave Shackleton for giving the order.

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Carterton, Wairarapa, NZ, March 2014: Two years after the tragic Carterton hot air balloon crash, Balloons Over Wairarapa lifted off again… On January 7th 2012, a scenic hot air balloon flight, collided with a high voltage power line while attempting to land, causing it to catch fire, disintegrate and crash, killing all eleven people (ten passengers and the pilot) on board.

The tragedy was never far from the back of my mind as I attempted (rather unsuccessfully) to capture the morning lift/luft off in Carterton- shooting time-lapse sequences and video. The highlight/drawcard was the huge space shuttle balloon “Patriot”, flown by American Barry Dilibero. The doomed flight was the deadliest air disaster to occur in mainland New Zealand since the July 1963 crash of NZNAC flight 441 in the Kaimai Ranges. It is the third-deadliest hot air balloon disaster on record after a 2013 balloon crash in Egypt that killed 19 people,and the 1989 crash in the Northern Territory, Australia that killed 13.

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