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Place of production
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Production company
Frank Film
Writer: Gerard Smyth
Director: Gerard Smyth
Producer: Alice Shannon
Producer: Gerard Smyth
Cinematography: Jacob Bryant
Cinematography: Gerard Smyth
Research: Rhys Brookbanks
Research: Cate Broughton
Research: Jennifer Dutton
Research: Brent Fraser
Research: Jo Malcom
Sound Editor: Chris Sinclair
Sound Design: Ben Edwards
Sound Design: Chris Sinclair
Creative Consultant: Alun Bollinger
Executive Producer: Paul Swadel
Music Director: Ben Edwards
Original Soundtrack: Tiki Taane
Original Soundtrack: Arron Tokona
Original Soundtrack: Te Taonga Puoro
Original Soundtrack: Richard Nunns
Made With Funding From: Neil Graham
Made With Funding From: Mwa Productions
Made With Funding From: Civil Defence
Made With Funding From: New Zealand Film Commission
Made With Funding From: NZ On Air

“One man's journey through disaster, recovery and discovery.

2010 on the Canterbury Plains and all is well. Lambs, blue skies and daffodils. In Cathedral Square choir boys sing to their God. Punts push new season's tourists along the Avon. They photograph the 'Garden city'; the 'most English city outside of England'.

We get hit with a 7.1 earthquake. We stand up, wave our fists at the heavens and compliment ourselves on our ability to recover. And then we get hit even harder. Now the city has fallen. Many are dead. Many injured. Many narrowly escape.

A fragile people reappear in the following days. We have learnt from the first earthquake and once again a response is growing. Once again adrenaline is taking over. Now the whole country is rallying for Christchurch. It's the energy of the people that's unprecedented. Communities are rising from the sand. People are holding tight to each other.

A year later and the quakes keep rolling. Now the Canterbury earthquakes are the most ever quakes recorded in a series. And we're still counting....

"When A City Falls" sees New Zealanders in our darkest days. How do we respond? Who do we become?

We discover something wonderful about ourselves. We discover we are a functional people, concerned and caring for our neighbours, our fellow Kiwis.

"When A City Falls" travels way beyond earthquake reactive television footage to a tale of hope, an uplifting story that speaks of the kindness of human hearts.” Frank Film - When a City Falls; www.frankfilm.co.nz; 23/05/2013