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The Drowning Country - Documentary Screening

The Drowning Country - Documentary Screening

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When:

  • Sat 26 Oct ’13, 12:30pm
  • Sun 27 Oct ’13, 10:30am – 5:00pm

Where:

The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland CBD

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

MaritimeMuseum

The Drowning Country, a 25 minute documentary that uncovers a New Zealand woman who designed the Kapok life jacket during WWI, and also examines Kiwi attitudes to life jackets amid some of the worst drowning rates in the world, will have its first major screening at the Tall Ships Festival being held in Auckland, October 25th – 28th.

The Drowning Country tells the previously unknown story of the documentary maker’s great-grandmother Orpheus Beaumont, a New Zealander who made her mark on the world with her design of a Kapok lifejacket in the early 1900s that was chosen by Britain to be used in the navy. Orpheus seemed destined for this fate given that she had siblings who drowned and she was named after New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster – the sinking of the HMS Orpheus.

The documentary also looks at Kiwi attitudes to lifejackets and why so many still refuse to wear them, and explores whether Orpheus’s quest to prevent drownings was all in vain - New Zealand's drowning rate is one of the highest in the developed world, and twice that of Australia.

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