Great War Stories

Four series of Great War Stories are now available on DVD or can be viewed on the Ministry for Culture & Heritage website:  

Great War Stories series 5 screened Three's Newshub 19 - 25 April 2018, funded by NZ On Air. Many stories are about individuals not well known outside the families. Click on this image below to take you to five series of  mini documentaries.

GREAT WAR STORIES for Three's Newshub funded by NZ On Air

Seven mini documentaries telling personal stories about New Zealanders in the First World War. 

Great War Stories are series of mini documentaries (3-4 minute) telling personal stories about a range of New Zealanders involved in the First World War. AC Productions collaborated with the Alexander Turnbull library, Archives New Zealand and Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 

Each story draws on research into primary texts such as letters, diaries and newspaper accounts and is illustrated with images drawn from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library,Archives New Zealand, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision and international archives.. The stories include soldiers, doctors, nurses and those on the home front affected by the First World War.

The first series ran from 4-10 August 2014 and the ffifth & final series screened 19 - 25 April 2018. You can view them on 

Great War Stories are produced and directed by Anna Cottrell, AC Productions and funded by NZ on Air.


Many thanks to the families, writers, archivists and all who contributed to telling personal stories.  

Thanks to:
  • Archives NZ
  • ATL/National Library
  • Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Other Archives with thanks
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Airforce Museum of New Zealand
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Billy Bishop Museum Canada
  • chrischurch Boys' High School
  • Gillies Archive UK
  • Gore RSA
  • Hocken Library
  • Hood Aerodrome Wairarapa
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Linton Military Camp
  • National Army Museum Waiouru
  • New Zealand On Air
  • Newshub
  • Nga Taonga Soound & Vision
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Otago Boys' High School
  • Otago University Press
  • St Hilda's collegiate School
  • Transit Film Germany
  • Umbrella Entertainment Australia
  • Wellington Medical Library

Editor: Peter Metcalf

Camera: Ivars Berzins, Barrington West, George Murahidy, Scott Milligan, Murray Milne

Sound: Don Paulin, Jon Pattrick, Craig Mullis, Sam Caldwell

Post Production Sound: Ian Leslie, Underground Sound

Research: David Filer, Kay Seatter‐Dunbar, Jamie Bell, Roxane Gajadhar

Writers: Dave Armstrong 2014/2015  Anna Cottrell

Narrator: Hilary Barry 2014 - 2016; Mike McRoberts 2017 2018

Music: Jonathan Besser, extra music Michelle Scullion

Graphics: Aditya Maharaj, Vinay Ranchhod

Actors’ voices: Anna Locker‐Lampson Anna Cottrell Apirana Taylor Chrissy Hill Christian DesRoche
Dan Henry David Gentry Gordon McBride Jeffrey Thomas Jerram Watts Julian O’Brien Justin
Rogers Jon Henry Mark Jackson Michael Hampton Paul Herrick Peter Metcalf Stuart & Thomasin McKenzie Te Waari Carkeek

Digital Director Ministry for Culture & Heritage Jamie Mackay

Producer director: Anna Cottrell

Co‐producer: Rosemary Fullerton‐Smith 2014 -2015 Amanda Evans Pacific Screen 2016- 2018

Executive producers: Mark Jennings 3News Jock Phillips Ministry for Culture & Heritage 2014/2015
Keith Slater 2016, Neill Atkinson,  MCH; Richard Sutherland Newshub 2017

© AC Productions April 2018

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